Airlines in Oz may soon need to pay passengers $8,000 for delayed flights

March 24th, 2008 - 5:21 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Mar 24 (ANI): Foreign airlines may soon have to fork out as much as 8,000 Australian dollars a day per person if their flights get delayed.

According to new laws proposed by the Rudd Government, defaulting airliners could also be paying up to 1800 dollars for lost luggage and 180,000 dollars as compensation for injury or death.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese introduced the new rules in the Australian Parliament recently.

He said that these rules would bring the country in line with signatories to the Montreal Convention, an agreement between 86 countries.

“The new scheme makes it easier for Australians to seek fair and timely protection,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

This means that unlike the old system where a passenger first had to prove that the airline was at fault for losing their luggage, he or she would now be compensated without any questions asked.

“So for your thousand-dollar bag you’d get your money back straightaway, no ifs or buts from the airline,” a spokesman for the minister said.

“It reverses the onus. If the bag is worth more than the threshold, it would be the airline that would have to prove it was not at fault.”

Qantas, Australia’s biggest airline, approved of the changes.

“Qantas welcomes the Government’s announcement which will bring us into line with most of our major trading partners,” a spokesman for the company said. (ANI)

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