4tet From Spain, joined Sep 2007, 115 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 3005 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...)
formigueta From Spain, joined Nov 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2297 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.
twinotter From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2140 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.