First wave of air passenger rights takes effect Monday

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If you lose your luggage or if it is damaged in transport on a domestic, there are now increases to an airline's maximum liability to match those of worldwide flights.

"That is why we created a world-leading approach to air passenger rights, one that is predictable and fair for passengers, while ensuring our air carriers remain strong and competitive".

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by Canadian airlines' move to quash new rules that beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage.

In the case of Swoop, which cancelled 23 flights over six days this month, the fact the engine problem was not discovered during routine maintenance meant the airline would not owe its passengers any extra compensation.

Airlines also now have to make sure all communications, including tickets, include clear information on passenger's right and how to claim them.

Talking point: The IATA unsuccessfully attempted a similar challenge at the European Court of Justice when Europe's air-passenger-rights legislation came into effect in 2005.

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Air passengers have a new tool to seek compensation if they're bumped from an overbooked flight, wait too long on the tarmac or have lost baggage.

Air Canada and Porter Airlines, among others, filed an application earlier this month for the new rules to be struck down, arguing that the required payments violate global standards and could cause confusion for passengers. Airlines must also allow passengers to leave the aircraft and return to the terminal within three hours after the start of a delay.

Canadian airline passengers have new rights starting today, now that the first round of rules from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) have come into effect.

Compensation of up to $1,000 for delays of nine hours or more will take effect in December.

"We believe that we've made it very clear what is within the airline's control and what is not within the airline's control", he said. Failing to comply with the new rules can cost airlines up to $25,000 per incident.

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