2017 Air Transat Tarmac Delay Inquiry

The hearing is now over. See the recordings:


Aug 30, 2017 - Part 1 | Aug 30, 2017 - Part 2 

Aug 31, 2017 - Part 1 | Aug 31, 2017 - Part 2

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) will hold a public hearing into the tarmac delay incidents involving two Air Transat flights on July 31, 2017. The hearing will be held on August 30 and 31, 2017 in Ottawa.

The CTA will consider two issues in this proceeding:

  1. Did Air Transat properly apply its Tariff during these incidents, pursuant to subsection 110(4) of the ATR?
  2. Are Air Transat's applicable Tariff provisions reasonable, pursuant to subsection 111(1) of the ATR?

Broader questions regarding industry-wide rules around tarmac delays will not be addressed at the hearing but rather, will be dealt with through public consultations on air passenger rights regulations, which are expected to begin once the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) currently before Parliament receives royal assent.

Individuals or organizations directly involved in, or affected by, the incidents should contact the Inquiry Officer at enquete-inquiry@otc-cta.gc.ca or at 819-635-4108.

Reference materials

Mazen El-Bawab - Final Arguments
Kim Leclerc-Desaulniers - Final Arguments
Isabelle Fiset - Final Arguments
Isabelle Archambault - Final Arguments (in French only)
Chris Couture - Final Arguments
Brice de Schietere - Final Arguments (in French only)
Alan and Patricia Abraham - Final Arguments
Air Transat - Final Arguments (in French only)
Update on the Canadian Transportation Agency's inquiry into Air Transat tarmac delays
Air Transat hearing - Day 1 transcript
Air Transat hearing - Day 2 transcript
Chairman's Opening Remarks - Air Transat Hearing
Inquiry Officer’s Report Investigation of Air Transat Flight Nos. 157 and 507 Delayed on the Tarmac at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International Airport on July 31, 2017
2017-08-29 :
Procedural Direction for Air Transat Hearing
2017-08-28 :
Media Advisory: The Canadian Transportation Agency's oral hearing into the Air Transat tarmac delays
2017-08-22 :
Notice of Oral Hearing
2017-08-11 :
Guidelines for the submission of comments into the CTA's Air Transat inquiry
2017-08-09 :
Letter Decision No. LET-A-49-2017
2017-08-09 :
Next steps of the Canadian Transportation Agency's inquiry into Air Transat's tarmac delays
2017-08-05 :
Air Transat response
2017-08-02 :
Letter Decision No. LET-A-47-2017
2017-08-02 :
Canadian Transportation Agency launches inquiry into Air Transat tarmac delays
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