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European Commission to ensure that Ryanair flight cancellations are compliant with EU legislation

The European Commission (EC) has vowed that it would ensure that the 50 daily cancellations by low-cost carrier Ryanair are carried out in compliance with European Union legislation. Ryanair recently announced that it had plans to cancel 50 daily flights over the next six weeks. The reason? To improve timekeeping – a result of air traffic controller strikes, inclement weather and pilot and cabin staff holidays – as these have …

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Ryanair asked to pay compensation for cancelled flights – Commission for Aviation Regulation

Ryanair will have to compensate passengers whose flights have been cancelled with less than two weeks notice, according to the Commission for Aviation Regulation. A spokesperson of the aviation watchdog said that it is possible that Ryanair might have to pay up huge amounts because of its call to cancel 40-50 flights per day over the next six weeks. The airline has so far given people notice of sometimes just …

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Canadian Transport Minister urges Commons committee to approve air passenger rights bill

Transport Minister Marc Garneau went on the offensive against insinuations that the Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights is too strict with airlines, explaining the government’s resolve is not to pick on air carriers. Garneau told a Commons committee scrutinizing the proposal that the government’s task is to formulate regulations that are fair to airlines and passengers to guarantee everyone knows their rights and responsibilities. The regulations would impose …

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Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to create a directive that would protect airline passengers

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is on the verge of creating a consumer protection directive that would protect the interests and welfare of airline passengers. The move would complement the Montreal Convention of 1999, which dealt with passenger rights and protection. The convention, which had been adapted into the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (Amendment) Act, 2016 (Act 906), is being applied to domestic operation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

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Philippine lawmaker seeks quick turnaround of bill for air passengers’ rights

A Filipino lawmaker has urged the House of Representatives to expedite the approval of a bill that would uphold and protect the rights of air passengers. Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy reported that the House transportation committee had yet to discuss the Air Passenger Bill of Rights. However, she waxed hope that the lower chamber may be able to pass the measure on final reading later this year and …

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Thailand ratifies global treaty for protection of passengers

A long seven-year process has ended on a positive note as Thailand has approved an international treaty that will halt the “liability lottery” that passengers, shippers and airlines currently face. Earlier this month, Thailand became the 127th and latest party to apply the Montreal Convention of 1999 (MC99), which provides passengers and airlines a collective set of rules, which bring simplicity and reduce the chances of long and complex litigation …

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Five travel rights that United States lawmakers may grant to airline passengers

Air passengers may soon benefit from new consumer rights. After the United Airlines fiasco that saw a passenger get dragged off a flight, lawmakers have signaled that they are amenable to establishing new regulations that would offer more protection for passengers – a move that Republicans have been cautious to make. But the prime legislative vehicle for new airline consumer proposals — a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration …

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Mozambique’s Civil Aviation Institute in talks for new regulation to better protect passengers’ rights

Discussions have been initiated by the Mozambique’s Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) for the formulation of a new regulation that would better protect passengers’ rights from airlines operating in the country. The IACM oversaw a meeting with representatives from various airline companies that are operating in the country as well as civil society organizations, to discuss the draft regulation, which they hope to submit to the Cabinet by year’s end. IACM …

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Air Transat President takes aim at Canada’s Liberal proposed passenger bill of rights

Air Transat President Jean-Francois Lemay expressed his concerns over the Liberal government’s proposed passenger bill of rights, saying that the legislation may unfairly punish airlines for delays that go out of control. Lemay relayed his sentiments in a response to the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) inquiry into an incident last July 31 wherein two Air Transat planes sat on the tarmac for several hours. The agency announced that it has …

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After global outrage over United Airlines fiasco, fewer passengers now getting bumped off flights

After the global indignation over the incident, which saw a passenger get dragged off a United Airlines flight, American carriers are now bumping customers off at the lowest rate in the last 20 years. According to data made available by the Transportation Department, only one in every 19,000 passengers was kicked off an overbooked flight in the first six months of this year, resulting in the lowest rate since the …

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