Passenger rights bill: Airlines want to sue in Supreme Court of Canada


A group of airlines are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear their case after a lower court largely upheld the validity of Canada’s air passenger rights bill.

Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc. is among a group seeking to appeal to the Supreme Court, along with several US and international airlines including Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa and British Airways.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents about 290 member airlines, is also a candidate.

In December, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled against airlines by upholding the majority of passenger protection regulations introduced by Transport Canada in 2019.

Among other things, the air passenger’s rights bill increases compensation for air travelers with delayed flights and damaged luggage.

Airlines have argued that Canada’s passenger rights charter violates global standards and should be disabled for international flights.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on February 3, 2023.

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