MOSCOW, August 6. /Basereporter.com/. The transport Ministry rejected the idea of legalization of overbooking and up to the end of the year would oblige airlines to pay passengers compensation of up to $400 for international and up to 20 thousand rubles on the domestic flights. About it writes on Monday, the newspaper “Izvestia” with reference to sources in the aviation industry.
In early July, transport Minister Eugene Dietrich said, that the Ministry re-started the process of legalization of overbooking (the idea of granting compensation to passengers when selling the most tickets for a flight than seats on the plane) due to frequent passenger complaints. The question of transport was discussed in 2015, but the amount of compensation then the appropriate bill was not discussed. Its main purpose was regulatory basis for the possibility of overbooking. The bill caused a wide public resonance and the work on it was frozen.
As reported by “Izvestia”, in the legislation before the end of 2018 it is planned to make provisions on the financial liability of airlines to passengers. In particular, the affected passengers will be automatically paid – pre-from 200 to $400 for international flights and from 8 thousand to 20 thousand rubles for domestic routes depending on the range of flight. In addition to compensation, according to passenger’s choice, he will immediately need to return the money for the ticket or to offer another convenient departure time. In addition, provision and additional bonuses like upgrades on a plane or pay for the hotel room.
At the same time, according to sources of the newspaper, airlines will not be penalized in favor of the state, to avoid the growth of ticket prices.
According to the edition, such decision was taken at a closed meeting in late July held by Deputy Minister of transport Alexander Yurchik. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Federal air transport Agency, several of the largest airlines, but also public associations representing the interests of passengers and airlines.