I'm just curious if EU 261 would apply in my situation. I was booked to fly 21 March 2013 on a Delta flight from my home airport to DTW, connecting to Delta flight 8573 to CDG, operated by Air France. On the morning of departure, I was notified that the DTW-CDG flight was cancelled. When I called Delta to rebook they said they didn't know why the flight was cancelled. The agent who answered the phone put me on hold to talk to his supervisor and came back and said that the supervisor didn't know either.
As best I can tell, that flight was later reinstated but with a different flight number and a delay of about 5 hours. However, Delta told me there were no seats on that flight so they could not book me on it.
I was rebooked on Delta flight 248 from DTW to AMS. That flight was operated by Delta. I connected to Delta flight 8512 from AMS to CDG which was operated by Air France and arrivied in CDG at 15:10, rather than the 11:15 arrival time that was originally scheduled.
It only occurred to me today that EU 261 might apply since the original cancelled flight was operated by Air France, and I think it's the operating carrier that matters for EU 261. Am I correct? If so and I decide to file for compensation, how involved is the process to claim compensation?
Thanks.Edited: 2:35 pm, March 27, 2013