Carriage by Air amendment Bill 2015 -Parliament passes

Carriage by Air amendment Bill 2015 -Parliament passes

Carriage by Air amendment Bill 2015 -Parliament passes

Parliament has passed the Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015, that would enhance compensation for air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights.

The bill was first passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2015 and later it was passed by the Rajya in March 2016. Now the bill would go for Presidential assent as per the provisions laid down in Article 111 of Constitution.

At a Glance : Air amendment Bill, 2015

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  • The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was introduced in Lok Sabha on August 7, 2015 by the Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
  • The Bill seeks to amend the Carriage by Air Act, 1972 to revise the limits of liability for airlines and empower the central government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention. Empowers Union Government to make rules to carry out provisions of the Act.

Carriage by Air Act, 1972 :

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  • The Act regulates carriage by air and gives effect to the Warsaw Convention, 1929, the Warsaw Convention as amended by the Hague Protocol, 1955, and the Montreal Convention, 1999. The Act also provides for application of the international rules to domestic travel, subject to exceptions and adaptations.

The Montreal Convention, 1999 :

  • It establishes airline liability in the case of death, injury or delay to passengers or in cases of delay, damage or loss of baggage and cargo.  The Convention also provides for reviewing the limits of liability of the air carriers every five years.  The Bill seeks to amend the Act to adhere to the revised limits of liability.