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Air Travel New GCAA Act entitles travellers to compensation

The amended Act come on the heels of some Cape Town conventions Ghana rectified.

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he amended Act come on the heels of some Cape Town conventions Ghana rectified.

 

Air travellers in the country are now entitled to compensation for delayed flights, destruction of luggage or cargo, according to the new Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (Amendment) Act 2016, Act 906.

The amended Act come on the heels of some Cape Town conventions Ghana rectified.

Edzenunye Agbevey, manager at the department of Legal, International Relations, and Corporate Communications at GCAA said in an interview with Accra-based Radio XYZ said: “The new amendments come along with various benefits to security, passengers, as well as the airlines,"

"It is also one of a number of Cape Town conventions which were recently rectified and [seeks] to bring better financing to the airlines including our domestic airlines; they will now have more access to funds to acquire new aircraft and better equipment.

“For passengers, we have other conventions, which have to do with compensations for the kind of troubles they have to go through when they travel by air. Passengers are assured of compensations where they suffer delays, damage or cancellation of flights, and they could also get compensation for the destruction of their baggage or loss of the baggage and cargo."

The Act also empowers the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to prosecute unruly passengers.

To ensure safety, the Act allows the Authority to demolish unauthorised structures impeding the safety of air navigation in the country, at a cost to the owners of the structures.

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