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Saturday, April 1, 2006
Denied boarding mess

The Ministry of Transport has announced that it intends to implement the EU rules on Denied Boarding and delays. This in spite of the fact that the EU rules have been seriously panned by all the airlines and anyone else who is involved in aviation legislation. At its simplest the Brussels Sprouts want airlines to give compensation of €250 or €600 depending on the length of the journey regardless of the reason for the delay. This is often more than the fellow paid for his ticket. There are now active “bookers” in New York, and elsewhere, who simply book cheap trips and by timing their arrival at the check-in desk get dropped and then get a nice fat profit.

For several years aviation organisations have been trying to get the SA Government to take some action regarding the mess that our legislation has been in for donkey’s years. We have numerous conflicting Acts and Regulations – some state that the airline must insure without stating what the compensation must be or that the airline cannot contract out of liability entirely by disclaimers in the ticket; others say what the compensation must be, without demanding insurance to enable the airline to pay and so on. I and my colleagues have spent many hours on committees trying to assist the MoT to reach some sort of decision. To no avail. The work is simply ignored.
Just to show how ridiculous the situation is, the SA Government signed the Montreal 1999 Convention to replace Warsaw Convention – which in SA terms deems that adequate compensation for wrongful death or disablement is R100 500! However although they signed Montreal several years ago, the Government has yet to ratify it, even though Botswana and Namibia have done so.
Getting this on the books is far more important than delay compensation which is likely to destroy our fledging airline business for no good reason.

Plett Plebs

A number of residents in Plettenberg Bay have complained about the activities of some aircraft apparently offering flips in small jets among other stuff which then fly quite illegally, let alone dangerously, over the houses of those poor souls who choose to live in the area. The jets particularly come in far more than most for flying very low and very noisily over those houses near the airport or on the flight path.
My advice is to make a note of the registrations and to lodge a formal complaint with the CAA. This might result in the pulling of the offenders’ licences.
It only takes a couple of rotten apples to give the whole aviation game a bad name. Get rid of them. By Henry Tours

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