Airline Travel Law
Airline Travel Law
Do airline cancellation fees and
charge fees annoy you? Help is on its way.
If you want to cancel your flight, for whatever reason,
you pay a cancellation fee. Is a fee of 60% of the fare a
fair fee if the cancellation is more than one month before
If you want to change to another flight, or want change
your booking, you pay a change fee. Is a fee of $80 fair if
you want to change to another flight which had spare seats?
If the airline cancels your flight, can you ask for
cancellation compensation despite the prominent 'no refunds'
notice? Is paid overnight accommodation and meals enough
compensation if the cancellation was the airline's fault?
The good news is that the consumer law watchdog (the ACCC)
is about to change the way airlines charge you excessive
cancellation and change fees if you want to change your mind
about a flight.
The ACCC also wants airlines to change their 'no refunds'
notices, and to give more compensation to passengers where
the airline has cancelled the flight due to the airline's
The ACCC has outlined its position in a Report -
Airlines: Terms and Conditions - and will be engaging with
airlines operating in Australia to change their terms and
conditions. It may even bring some test cases to the courts
on behalf of passengers.
For more information on the report, and to see 6 examples
out of 1,400 complaints the ACCC has received in the past 2
click - Memo to Airlines: It's time to
review refund policies, cancellation and change fees to
comply with the Australian Consumer Law
Will 'Yoga or Yogurt' replace 'Tea
or Coffee' on the Qantas inflight menu?
What's behind the new move by Qantas to emphasise health and
wellbeing, especially for long haul flights?
What Qantas has done is to commission scientific research on
counteracting jetlag, recommended physical activity, better
nutrition, better transit lounge design and improving the
cabin environment. Qantas is looking to do more than just
'Refresh' by providing a Refresh bag with bottled water!
There are legal, public relations and marketing perspectives
to this move -
- Legal - Qantas is keen to reduce passenger claims -
it is looking to improve the flight conditions and
provide better warnings and advice to reduce claims and
complaints for health related issues.
- Public Relations - Qantas is known for its 'safety'
branding. It wants to add 'inflight health' to its
branding / image.
- Marketing - Qantas wants to be able to market that
passengers will feel refreshed and rejuvenated at the
end of their flight as the reason why people should
choose Qantas to fly with.
We will know soon enough if the scientific research will
help Qantas - the first test will be on the 17 hour non-stop
flight from Perth to London on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The flights are due to start in in March 2018.
For more click on my article, with public relations insights
by Richard Lenarduzzi and marketing insights by Michael
Will 'Yoga or Yogurt' replace 'Tea or
Coffee' on the menu for Qantas long haul flights?
The dangers of flying a drone near
aircraft, and what are the chances of your airplane hitting
The Australian Transport Safety
Board has recently investigated the chances of an airplane
colliding with a drone. It has issued a 48 page report: A
safety analysis of remotely piloted aircraft systems.
If you think of a drone as a mechanical bird, then data
upon bird strikes on aircraft will help predict the damage
expected from collisions between drones and manned aircraft.
Australian domestic airlines agree
to an ‘opt in’ model for extra charges
Australian airlines will now use ‘opt in’ choices in
their online bookings, where passengers need to agree to
extra charges being added. Instead of ‘opt out’ choices ,
where the extra charge is added unless the charge is removed
by the passenger.
Do hidden extra charges annoy you
when booking flights or places to stay online?
There’ll be no more drip pricing by Airbnb and eDreams in
Can hot tea served on a plane
cause back pain?
avoids liability for passenger injury from a hot tea
The hazards of Air Travel
Examining the booking and the ticket......then examine five
common legal situations involving the airline and the
Waiver Program (VWP)
Enables nationals of 36 countries including Australia to
travel to the United States ... without obtaining a visa
Now sit back,
relax and enjoy the flight! - a case about aircraft
Car rental / hire car businesses overcharge for damage
repairs....A fall from a top bunk creates a $853,396