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Travelers' rights: Atlantic premiers are concerned

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The premiers of the four Atlantic provinces during a meeting on March 21, 2022 in Halifax. Pictured from left to right: Tim Houston (Nova Scotia), Blaine Higgs (New Brunswick), Andrew Furey (Newfoundland and Labrador) and Dennis King (Prince Edward Island).

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The Council of Atlantic Premiers is concerned that airlines are reluctant to offer service to the region due to the costs associated with the Air Passenger Protection Regulations implemented last year.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">This is one of the elements mentioned by Andrew Furey, Dennis King, Tim Houston and Blaine Higgs in their letter dated January 12 and addressed to the federal Minister of Transports, Pablo Rodriguez.

The new regulation strengthens compensation for air passengers whose flights have been delayed or whose luggage has been damaged.

The changes could lead to an increase in costs for Atlantic residents as airlines seek to recoup amounts related to compliance with regulations, the letter reads.

Airlines may also be reluctant to offer or continue to offer services to regional markets, we read further.

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The premiers ask Pablo Rodriguez to take into account the proposals made during the discussions of a working group including the Atlantic provinces and the federal government.

Federal Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez was not available for an interview on Wednesday.

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Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez (Archive photo)

Its press secretary Laura Scaffidi, however, indicates by email: As part of a public consultation process, the Canadian Transportation Agency will develop new regulations that will protect passengers, in taking a balanced approach, recognizing that regional and remote airports operate differently.

The Air Passenger Protection Regulations are there to protect passengers. Airlines need to do better for Canadians, she concludes.

With information from Adrien Blanc and Patrick Butler< /em>

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