My wife caught flight FR4052 on 11/10/17 from Manchester to Faro. This was the day after the French air traffic control strike. The flight from Faro to Manchester was delayed by 75 minutes and the return Manchester to Faro flight was about 70 minutes late taking off. I went from our house in Spain to Faro airport to collect her and the arrivals board showed the flight due to land at 00:20 (against a scheduled landing time of 23:30). When the flight was a few miles north of Faro at about 00:05 it suddenly turned north and landed in Lisbon. At Lisbon Ryanair's agents provided nothing for passengers. No offer of hotels and no food or drink or vouchers. They were told to sleep on the airport benches and to meet at 09:00 for an update. My wife, along with three fellow passengers, eventually took a taxi to Faro arriving seven hours after the scheduled arrival time.
As previous questions have mentioned, Ryanair's compensation form does not cater for people who proceeded with the original flight, but arrive over three hours late!
As a matter of interest the same flight the day before (10/10/17) at the height of the strike was nearly two hours late leaving Manchester and according to Flight Radar 24 flew over the Atlantic well to the west of French airspace landing in Faro at 01:30 or so (late, but not late enough for compensation). My wife's flight actually followed its usual course flying across the Brest peninsular. It was heading to Faro until the very end of the journey (it had flown well past Lisbon) and Faro airport seemed to be expecting it.
Can anyone tell me if this is a cut and dried case for €400 EU 261 compensation and should she also be able to claim back her share of the taxi fare? Can we claim for my second journey from Spain to Faro to pick her up when she finally arrived?