The Canadian Transportation Agency has outlined a set of regulations that are intended to be put in place to benefit Canadian’s that face the inconvenient and hyper-frustrating world of airline delays.
The outline includes details and specifics about compensation and financial entitlements to passengers who have delays of 3 hours and over. The outline will also include information for those who have their luggage damaged.
The compensations are a welcomed step in the right direction and appear to follow suit of the EU’s regulation, who are considered to the world leaders in passengers rights. Similar regulations are also set in place by Middle Eastern airlines like Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways.
The supposed new regulations would also stray away from the United States government’s approach that does not regulate airlines in the same way the EU does. US Airlines are left to their own devices and the compensations tend to be at the discretion of the airline.
With the details to be published in the Canada Gazette this week, Canadians will be surely anticipating new regulations that put their time and convenience as top priorities. It’s a more than welcome change, as compensation for delays begin to be normalized across the globe, with Chinese airlines also preparing to set regulations for their airlines sometime this year.
The draft will add into effect regulations that many Canadians may not know are not already in place. Seated passengers will now be prohibited from being removed by the airline for overbooking reasons, a rule designed to prevent instances like last years removal of Dr. David Dao, a Chinese doctor who was dragged off of a United Airlines flight more than a year ago.
Complaints to the Canadian Transportation Agency about air travel in this country have soared in the past years, with more than 5000 complaints being filed in 2017-2018. These changes will help ensure that Canadians fly more efficiently, and if inconvenienced, they will be compensated for their time.