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Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?  
User currently offline4tet From Spain, joined Sep 2007, 115 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Hi there people!

My question is, do airports have to pay any kind of compensation to the airlines (for having to divert, extra fuel costs etc...) if they are closed 'unreasonably'?

I understand that in exceptional occasions or in other cases where they can not be blamed, this wouldn't apply, but for example, when it snows a little and for some reason the airport can't have their runways clean... (Eg: not having the equipment/personnel ready, etc...)


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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

That particular reason would be force majeure, would it not?

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User currently offlineformigueta From Spain, joined Nov 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2373 times:

It's pretty much difficult that an airport shall pay any kind of compensations to airlines for closures as they consider such events as force majeure events and therefore, they consider they are not responsible for the extra costs or loss of revenue caused to airlines.

Usually airports are closed by weather conditions or incidents related to aircraft, which are not considered under its control.

User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

On a side note, most airports have insurance that protects them from revenue loss from extended closures.

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User currently offlinetwinotter From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Quoting 4tet (Thread starter):
do airports have to pay any kind of compensation to the airlines (for having to divert, extra fuel costs etc...) if they are closed 'unreasonably'?

In the United States, the vast majority of diversions are due to weather. It is extremely rare for an airport to actually "close". It is up to the captain to evaluate the weather conditions and decide whether or not he can legally land.

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