Canadian Transportation Agency launches inquiry into Air Transat tarmac delays

GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) today ordered Air Transat to explain the circumstances surrounding a delay of two of the airline's flights, which spent several hours on the tarmac of the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport on Monday, July 31, 2017.

The CTA's order questions whether, during the incidents, Air Transat respected its terms and conditions of carriage for international flights (tariff) with respect to the treatment of passengers on the aircraft.

Under the Canada Transportation Act, the CTA has the authority to launch inquiries, on its own motion, related to an airline's international tariff.  If it finds that a tariff has not been properly applied, or that the terms and conditions in the tariff are unreasonable, it can order corrective measures.

Complaints filed by individual passengers with the CTA regarding Monday's incidents will be addressed through the inquiry.


"Air travel is an integral part of modern life. Usually, it goes smoothly, but if something goes wrong, passengers have rights. The CTA is committed to ensuring these rights are respected. This inquiry will determine, based on the evidence and the law, whether the treatment of passengers on the two flights was in line with the airline's obligations -- and if not, what corrective measures should be ordered.  We'll get it done as quickly as possible, but we'll take the time required to gather all the facts."

- Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency

About the CTA

The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator with the powers of a superior court. The CTA has three core mandates: keeping the national transportation system running efficiently and smoothly, protecting the human right of persons with disabilities to an accessible transportation network and providing consumer protection for air passengers. To help advance these mandates, the CTA makes ground rules that establish the rights and responsibilities of transportation service providers and users and level the playing field among competitors. It also resolves disputes using a range of tools from facilitation and mediation to arbitration and adjudication and ensures that transportation providers and users are aware of their rights and responsibilities and how the CTA can help them.

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SOURCE Canadian Transportation Agency

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