Air Passenger Protection Regulations finalized
May 24, 2019 – Gatineau, QC – Canadian Transportation Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announced today that the Air Passenger Protection Regulations are now finalized. The regulations will come into effect in two stages.
Beginning July 15, 2019, airlines will have to:
- communicate to passengers in a simple, clear way information on their rights and recourses and regular updates in the event of flight delays and cancellations;
- provide compensation of up to $2,400 for bumping a passenger for reasons within their control;
- ensure passengers receive standards of treatment during all tarmac delays and allow them to leave the airplane, when it's safe to do so, if a tarmac delay lasts for over three hours and there's no prospect of an imminent take-off;
- provide compensation for lost or damaged baggage of up to $2,100 and a refund of any baggage fees; and
- set clear policies for transporting musical instruments.
Beginning December 15, 2019, airlines will have to:
- provide compensation of up to $1,000 for flight delays and cancellations within an airline's control that are not safety-related;
- rebook or refund passengers when flights are delayed, including, in some cases, using a competing airline to get passengers to their destination;
- provide food, drink and accommodation when passengers' flights are delayed; and
- facilitate the seating of children under 14 years in close proximity to an accompanying adult, at no extra charge.
The final regulations reflect input that the CTA received from the public, consumer rights groups, and the airline industry during extensive consultations held from May 28 to August 28, 2018 and during a 60-day comment period following the publication of draft regulations on December 22, 2018. The regulations are being made by the CTA under the Canada Transportation Act, as amended by the Transportation Modernization Act on May 23, 2018.
"The Air Passenger Protection Regulations establish a clear, consistent set of minimum airline obligations towards passengers if, for example, their flight is delayed or cancelled, they're bumped from an overbooked flight, they sit on a plane during a tarmac delay, or their bag is lost or damaged. Thousands of Canadians participated in the consultations that helped shape these new rules. We're grateful for their input, and confident that these groundbreaking regulations will help ensure passengers are treated fairly if their air travel doesn't go smoothly."
Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency
About the Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator that has, with respect to all matters necessary for the exercise of its jurisdiction, all the powers of a superior court. The CTA has three core mandates: helping to keep the national transportation system running efficiently and smoothly, protecting the fundamental right of persons with disabilities to accessible transportation services, and providing consumer protection for air passengers. To help advance these mandates, the CTA makes and enforces ground rules that establish the rights and responsibilities of transportation service providers and users and level the playing field among competitors, resolves disputes using a range of tools from facilitation and mediation to arbitration and adjudication, and ensures that transportation providers and users are aware of their rights and responsibilities and how the CTA can help them.