Government Forces Airline Passenger Compensation

Government Forces Airline Passenger Compensation

Government forces airline passenger compensation that should make the public happy.

And the airlines don’t like it.

They have been fighting it for years.

But the big airlines will have to dole out cash.

A delay of three to six hours would cost them $400.

And it’s up to $1,000 for nine hours or more.

However, the airlines can get away with no doling out any cash.

This would apply if it was unsafe to fly because of mechanical issues.

Also situations beyond the control of an airline also would suspend doling out money.

Government Forces Airline Passenger Compensation

The new rules and regulations will apply to all airlines flying in and out of Canada.

The government expects the rules to be in force in the summer of 2019.

Right now they are only proposed rules from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA).

But you can rest assured these new rules will not change much, given there is a federal election in the fall of that year.

And one thing the airlines will no longer be able to get away with is no REAL communications about flight delays or cancellations.

Now they have to be clear and precise of a flight status by regular updates via e-mail, text or other methods.

Flight delays will mean better treatment of passengers.

Situations with passengers cooped up in a plane for as long as eight hours will no longer be tolerated.

Now there will be clear-cut policies for tarmac delays.

If the delay is up to three hours the airlines will have to do the following for passengers.

Give them food and drink.

Provide access to electronic communication.

Let passengers have access to proper bathrooms.

If the tarmac delay is longer than three hours the plane will have to return to the terminal.

And one of the favourite techniques by air airlines – over booking will come under scrutiny.

So if the airline over books and you are bumped to a later flight there are penalties.

Government Forces Airline Passenger Compensation

If it amounts to you arriving late for up to six hours the compensation will total $900.

It doubles – to $1,800 – for delays of six to nine hours.

And jumps to $2,400 for delays of more than nine hours.

Compensation for lost or damaged baggage can reach a maximum $2,100.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau rejected the notion that the airlines will try to wiggle out of passenger compensation.

If the airlines do not meet the conditions under their control they will face a $25,000 fine.

These changes are expected to increase the average price of a ticket by $2.75.

It is not clear yet who will absorb it – the passenger or the airlines.

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