Draft includes a maximum of $160,000 in compensation for each passenger killed in civil aviation accident
The Cabinet has approved the draft of “The Air Transport (The Montreal Convention, 1999) Act, 2019”, in principle, to ensure passengers can claim compensation for the accidental death of a passenger in an aircraft.
Under the draft law, each passenger killed in a civil aviation accident can claim a maximum of $160,000 in compensation.
The approval was given in a regular weekly meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, on Monday.
“The cabinet has in principle approved the draft of the law in accordance with “The Montreal Convention, 1999″ to safeguard air passengers,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said during a press briefing at the Secretariat after the meeting.
Shafiul said in accordance with the draft law, each of the air passengers will get $160,000 US dollars for death from injuries.
Referring to the deaths in a plane crash in Nepal, he said, “Families of the people who were killed in the Nepal plane crash only got $12,000. But, after the law has been passed, an air passenger is entitled to receive $160,000 as compensation, in case of death from injuries."
He added: “The law has proposed a sentence of 10 years’ of jail and a fine of Tk100 crore for airlines owners or companies in case of failure to give the fixed compensation."
The draft also proposed to increase the compensation for lost luggage to $70 from $25, and $27 from $25 for cargo, the cabinet secretary said.