WHAT: Transport Minister Marc Garneau will be making an announcement related to the government’s airline conduct regulations on May 24, 2019 at 11 am at the International Departures area of the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Air passenger rights advocate Dr. Gábor Lukács will provide a response to the government’s announcement and analysis of their proposals from the perspective of Canadian air passengers.
WHY: The government pushed through legislation last year that will govern airline conduct and the rights of passengers. Draft regulations, released in December 2018, attracted substantial criticism from consumer rights advocates. The public sent more than 8,000 emails of protest to the government. Air Passenger Rights (APR), Canada’s nonprofit advocacy group for air traveller rights, released a 52-page report with 24 recommendations to correct critical flaws in seven areas.
The government has characterized its industry-friendly legislation and draft regulations as an “air passenger rights bill” while actually reducing protections for travellers. Dr. Lukács will provide a consumer-centric review of the Minister's announcement and the final regulations.
WHEN: Dr. Lukács is available for interviews
- After Minister Garneau’s statement
- May 24, 2019, 11:15 - 20:30 (ET)
- A media release with analysis of the Minister’s announcement will be provided
- May 24, 2019, 12:00 (ET)
For interview requests, please contact:
Dr. Gábor Lukács
About Air Passenger Rights
Air Passenger Rights is Canada's nonprofit network of volunteers working to make the travelling public aware of its rights and capable of enforcing them. The organization's mission is to turn helpless passengers into empowered travelers through education, advocacy, investigation, and litigation.