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Parliament passes bill to ensure compensation for air passenger’s death, injuries

  • Published at 09:26 pm November 17th, 2020
Bangladesh Parliament building Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban Mehedi Hasan
File photo of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Punishment for violations by any airline will lead to maximum 10 years’ jail or Tk100 crore fine

The Air Transport (Montreal Convention 1999) Bill 2020 has been passed in parliament, to pave the way for an air passenger to get some $160,000 or Tk1.4 crore as compensation in case of death.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali moved the bill in the House on Tuesday and it was passed by voice vote.

If the bill is transformed into a law, it will also help ensure proper compensation for the injuries of air passengers, damages of baggage or cargo goods in the line with the Montreal Convention 1999.

Bangladesh is a signatory to the Montreal Convention which deals with the passengers’ rights and compensation, but it was not transformed into any law in Bangladesh.

Since there is no law over the convention, Bangladesh does not get the benefits as prescribed in the Convention.

The bill, if enacted as law, will give protection to the air passengers.

Under the bill, passengers will get compensation for death and injuries, damages or delay of baggage and cargo goods.

Some $160,000 has been proposed as compensation for the death of a passenger, while $70 for damaging a kilogram of baggage materials and $27 for damaging a kilogram of cargo goods, the bill said.

According to the bill, the punishment for the violation of any provision of the bill by any airline would be maximum 10 years’ jail or Tk 100 crore fine.

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