Baggage Liability Limits For Air Pax Rise To $2300

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Effective immediately, air traveller compensation for lost, damaged or delayed baggage will increase, thanks to changes to the limits of liability of the Montreal Convention. Based on this rise, air pax who travel internationally will now have the right to compensation for damages for lost or damaged baggage of up to 1,288 Special Drawing Rights (the International Monetary Fund's unit of accounting) or approximately CAN $2,300. 

Airline international obligations for lost, damaged or delayed baggage are set out in Montreal Convention, a treaty that has the force of law for most international carriage to and from Canada. 

As the Canadian Transportation Agency’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations (APPR) apply the same baggage rules and liability limits as those set out in the Montreal Convention, all airlines offering domestic services are required to update their liability limits in their tariffs to up to $2,300.

The APPR stipulate airlines' obligations on communication, denied boarding, tarmac delays, lost or damaged baggage, the transportation of musical instruments, flight disruptions and the seating of children. The regulations provide for clearer and more consistent air passenger rights by imposing certain minimum airline requirements in air travel – including standards of treatment and, in some situations, compensation for passengers.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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