Beyond COVID-19: Crisis response or road to recovery?
Crisis response or road to recovery?
Welcome to the July edition of Legalflyer.
Pešková v Travel Service AS: Welcome clarity in the application of denied boarding regulation, EC261
Regulation (EC) 261/2004, EU regulation covering passenger compensation for flight delays and cancellations, is described by general counsel of many major airlines as their biggest challenge. The administrative and financial burden of dealing with claims handling can be huge. The recent Pešková v Travel Service AS case has provided clarity for both passenger and airline as to when a flight delay can be categorised as being caused by an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ - an event which does not entitle passengers to compensation. This article reviews the case and explains why it is a helpful judgment for both passengers and airlines.
Brexit, the Repeal Bill and Aviation
The UK Government has been formulating a Brexit strategy and, as part of that, it proposed, in the Queen’s Speech of 20 June, 2017, a “Repeal Bill” which has three primary aims
This article looks at a number of principals running through EU law which the Repeal Bill will need to consider and focuses throughout on the laws that are important to UK and European aviation businesses.
Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport en route to becoming the world’s largest
By 2020 the aviation sector in Dubai is projected to account for 37.5% of GDP, worth US$53.1 billion and rise further to US$88.1 billion in 2030 representing 44.7% of GDP. To meet projected air traffic growth Dubai Airports has commenced a project to develop the airport infrastructure. This article highlights key features of the project which centres on a major expansion of a smaller airport in the Emirate, Al Maktoum International Airport.
Developments in air passenger protection in the Peoples’ Republic of China
As of 1 January 2017, the Peoples’ Republic of China enacted the “Provisions on the Management of Flight Regularity" regulation with the intention of addressing passenger protection in the domestic aviation market. It is the first piece of Chinese regulation in this area. The article covers the scope of the regulation, what it means for airlines and highlights some guides and rules that have been published to aid its implementation.
International tax avoidance – the new Multilateral Instrument and implications for aircraft finance transactions
The final article covers an important development coming out of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project (BEPS). The Multilateral Instrument contains a series of provisions that are regarded as good practice or minimum standards by the OECD in order to prevent cross-border tax avoidance. The article looks at the impact of this development for aircraft lessors and lessees. For example, it could result in more scrutiny of aircraft transactions involving intermediate lessors that rely on treaty protection to receive rentals without withholding tax.
As the global aviation industry looks towards post-pandemic recovery and less turbulent skies, it is the topic of decarbonisation that is increasingly top of everyone’s agenda. There have been a number of eye-catching announcements around the world in recent weeks, from United Airlines announcing its intention to purchase 100 electric aircraft, an increased focus on the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from several airlines, and Korean Air utilising the green bond markets.
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