An extract from The Aviation Law Review, 8th Edition

Legal framework for liability

The principal domestic legislation is the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013, as amended, and the Mortgaging of Aircraft and Aircraft Engines Act 2011.

i International carriage

The BVI is not a signatory (or a party by extension from the UK) to the Rome Convention, the Geneva Convention, the Chicago Convention or the Cape Town Convention.

In relation to the Chicago Convention, however, certain provisions of that Convention with which the United Kingdom is obliged to ensure that its overseas territories (including the BVI) comply are reflected in the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013.

The BVI is, by Order-in-Council from the United Kingdom, a party to the New York Convention.

ii Internal and other non-convention carriage

There is no national or regional legislation governing liability in respect of non-convention carriage.

iii General aviation regulation

The relevant EASA approvals and OTARs under the UK Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 govern the liability in operation of civil aviation aircraft, including helicopters and microlights.

iv Passenger rights

There is no consumer rights legislation governing compensation for delay, cancellation of flights and carriage of disabled passengers.

v Other legislation

The relevant EASA approvals and OTARs under the UK Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 apply to environmental obligations.