4tet
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Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?

Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:18 pm

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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Fabo
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RE: Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?

Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:09 pm

That particular reason would be force majeure, would it not?
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formigueta
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RE: Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?

Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:54 pm

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.
 
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RE: Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?

Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:16 pm

On a side note, most airports have insurance that protects them from revenue loss from extended closures.
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twinotter
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RE: Airports Paying Compensations If Closed?

Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:32 pm

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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