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KaiRong Law Firm | China | 15 Sep 2021

New rules on experiential flights raise controversy

"Experiential flight" refers to flight activities carried out in small aircraft, usually with fewer than 10 seats. It aims to provide people with new and exciting flight experiences, such as entering the cockpit. In order to reinforce the management of the safe operation of experiential flights, the Civil Aviation Administration of China recently issued a Notice on Strengthening the......
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SKRINE | Malaysia | 8 Sep 2021

Regulators urged to prohibit surcharges for seats next to minors and persons with disabilities or reduced mobility

The Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code 2016 (the code) regulates airline service standards and consumer protection in Malaysia. However, the current provisions of the code do not impose a mandatory requirement on airlines to ensure that parents or people who are accompanying children or people with disabilities are able to sit next to or close to them during air travel. The Malaysian......
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Vedder Price PC | United Kingdom | 1 Sep 2021

More frustration at High Court – Wilmington Trust v SpiceJet

The impact of the covid-19 pandemic and the grounding of the Boeing MAX aircraft are back in the spotlight at the High Court. In a recent case, hell or high water provisions appeared to hold, and attention was on the cross-application of security deposits and the wording of disclaimer provisions in operating leases.
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Studio Pierallini | Italy | 1 Sep 2021

Italian Civil Aviation Authority releases data on air traffic in 2020

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority recently published its air traffic data for 2020. As expected, the covid-19 pandemic significantly affected civil air transport to and from Italy, in line with the situation faced by the industry worldwide. Compared with 2019, there was a 72% decrease in the number of passengers carried (on both domestic and international routes), equal to approximately 53......
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KaiRong Law Firm | China | 1 Sep 2021

Pet's death during air transport

In recent years the pet industry in China has accelerated. With the increase in the number of people who have pets, individuals are increasingly choosing to take their pets with them when taking a flight. However, as they are live animals, pets are different from other cargos and, sometimes, accidents occur during air transport, causing the injury or death of pets. This article discusses a......
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KaiRong Law Firm | China | 1 Sep 2021

Hainan Free Trade Port: exciting opportunities on the horizon

In 2018 the government decided to start establishing the China Hainan Free Trade Port to facilitate Hainan's construction and development. The Hainan Free Trade Port Law of China was recently completed and Hainan province was authorised to develop a series of regulations to support the operation and management of the Hainan Free Trade Port. Its establishment is exciting news for the......
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Studio Pierallini | Italy | 25 Aug 2021

New ENAC circular on penalty procedure under Regulation 261/2004/EC

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority recently released Circular APT-23B, the main purpose of which is to review and summarise the penalty procedure for infringements under Regulation 261/2004/EC on passengers' rights in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or long flight delays. The circular also sets out the criteria to determine administrative fines.
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SKRINE | Malaysia | 18 Aug 2021

Merger control within Malaysia's aviation industry

Given the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the covid-19 pandemic, cooperation between airlines is warranted now more than ever before. The Malaysian Aviation Commission has reminded the industry that the relevant merger control provisions must be adhered to and has stressed that the immediate relief provided by mergers must be "balanced against any risks to the long-term health......
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WeirFoulds LLP | Canada | 11 Aug 2021

Quebec Superior Court allows class action against Sunwing but not other airlines

The Quebec Superior Court recently allowed a class action to proceed against Sunwing Airlines on the grounds that it had offered passengers travel credits rather than refunds for flights cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, the Court did not allow the claim to proceed against other air carriers that had also initially offered some passengers travel credits instead of refunds but......
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KaiRong Law Firm | China | 4 Aug 2021

Air carriers' compensation liability for death or bodily injury of passengers in air accidents

Although air transport is one of the safest modes of transport, air accidents that cause death or bodily injury to passengers still occasionally occur and air crashes may lead to even more tragic consequences. Therefore, air carriers should thoroughly consider how to compensate passengers or their next of kin after an air accident. This article discusses two aspects of air carriers'......
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