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Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?  
User currently offline4tet From Spain, joined Sep 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 week ago) and read 2509 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...)

Thanks,
R.

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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

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


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User currently offlineformigueta From Spain, joined Nov 2006, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1801 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, 830 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1772 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, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1644 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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