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Wednesday,  April 17, 2024 6:47 PM 

Airlines make appeal to Supreme Court about APPR rules

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  •   03-26-2024  8:31 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Airlines make appeal to Supreme Court about APPR rules
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Pax Global Media

The airline industry made an appeal on Monday (March 25) to the Supreme Court of Canada that argues that parts of Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations (APPR) are in conflict with international conventions on air travel.

According to reporting from the Globe and Mail, attorneys speaking on behalf of the federal government defended the regulations, saying they are needed to make sure consumers are treated consistently and fairly when their trips are cancelled or delayed.

The appeal by Air Canada, Porter Airlines, the International Air Transport Association and a number of international airlines, comes after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the airlines in a 2022 lawsuit the industry filed against the Canadian Transportation Agency and the federal government, according to reporting from the Toronto Star.

The Globe and Mail reported that the judges presiding over the three-hour hearing of the appeal said they would issue a decision at a later date.

The APPR rules are meant to ensure passengers are compensated when their flights are cancelled or delayed. If the appeal is successful, some industry experts say passengers will be left at the mercy of airlines.

“Without the compensation provisions, there would be no incentive for airlines to behave any better,” John Gradek, a former Air Canada executive and head of McGill University’s Global Aviation Leadership Program, told the Toronto Star.

According to APPR rules, which were first unveiled in 2019, travellers with cancelled flights are to be given a refund or a seat on the next available departure, or with another airline.

If a flight is delayed for a reason within the airline’s control, passengers are to be compensated for the inconvenience.

Delays of nine hours or more entitle a passenger to $1,000 in compensation, while delays of six hours or more are worth $700 and delays of three hours or more $400. The APPR also covers compensation for lost baggage.

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