May 30, 2020 – Canadian airlines could ‘fail’ if forced to refund passengers, says transport minister

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Canadian airlines could ‘fail’ if forced to refund passengers, says transport minister

 

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DECISIONS

  • Application, Judicial Review – Air Passengers Rights v. Canada (Transportation Agency)2020 FCA 92
    Canada Transportation Agency (CTA) issued public statements suggesting airlines could provide passengers with vouchers rather than refunding monies passengers paid for tickets – Air Passenger Rights (APR), an advocacy group, commenced application for judicial review of Canada Transportation Agency’s statements – APR brought motion for an interlocutory order to remove CTA’s statements – APR failed to prove it “raised a serious issue” on the tripartite test for injunctive release, since CTA statements did not affect legal rights – motion dismissed.
  • Application, Civil Resolution Tribunal – Seghall v. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd2020 BCCRT 587
    Applicant traveled on respondent airline – applicant claimed $4,500 for allegedly pilfered items and cash from checked luggage on-route – Airline carrier’s liability limited to “Montreal Convention” and the Canada Transportation Act, Air Passenger Protection Regulations – Neither form of liability engaged – Applicant unable to prove claimed items were missing from baggage – Application dismissed.
  • Grievance, Adjournment Request – Canadian Union of Public Employees, Air Canada Component v. Air Canada2020 CanLII 35454 (Nyman)
    Air Canada requested grievance hearing be adjourned – CUPE opposed the request – Air Canada requested adjournment on grounds that it was operating on significantly reduced capacity, and some witnesses lacked technological resources to participate in remote hearing – Arbitrator recognized incumbent on institutional parties and legal community to take reasonable steps to facilitate remote hearing – Arbitrator rejected Air Canada’s two arguments for adjournment – Request for adjournment denied.

 

CTA DECISIONS

  • Suspension – Fort Langley Air Ltd. – Order No. 2020-A-91
    License Nos. 990115, 990116
  • Suspension – Corsair Aviation Services Inc. – Order No. 2020-A-92
    License No. 120008, reinstated effective May 28, 2020
  • Suspension – Sunnyfield Aviation Associates, LLC – Order No. 2020-A-90
    License No. 100008, reinstated effective May 26, 2020
  • Suspension – USAC Airways 691 LLC – Order No. 2020-A-89
    License No. 160055
  • Application – Ottawa Biplane Adventures Inc. – Determination No. A-2020-102
    License issued pursuant to subsection 61 of the Canada Transportation Act
  • Suspension – Tele/Com Air, Inc. – Order No. 2020-A-88
    License No. 967506
  • Suspension – BP Aviation Ltd. – Order No. 2020-A-87
    License No. 180059, reinstated effective May 25, 2020

 

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