The General Conditions of Carriage apply to all flights‚ or portions of flights‚ for which the Air Antwerp Designator Code WP appears on your booking receipt and boarding pass. This document outlines all rights and obligations of Air Antwerp towards passengers and their baggage. You can download a copy of Air Antwerp's General Conditions of Carriage here.
This is a notice required by European Community Regulation (EC) No. 889/2002. This notice cannot be used as a basis for a claim for compensation‚ nor to interpret the provisions of the Regulation or the Montreal Convention‚ and it does not form part of the contract between the carrier(s) and you.
The notice is inaccurate in stating that for damages up to 113‚100 SDRs the air carrier cannot contest claims for compensation. Under the Regulation and the Montreal Convention the position is as follows: for damages up to 113‚100 SDRs in respect of death or bodily injury caused by an accident on board the aircraft or during embarking or disembarking‚ the carrier cannot exclude or limit its liability except where there is contributory negligence. Also the limit of the air carrier's liability for baggage delays‚ destruction‚ loss or damage to baggage is 1‚131 SDRs in total for proven losses and costs unless the passenger made a special declaration of a higher value at check-in or has purchased additional insurance.
This information notice summarises the liability rules applied by Community air carriers as required by Community legislation and the Montreal Convention.
There are no financial limits to the liability for passenger injury or death. For damages up to 113‚100 SDRs (approximately EUR 123‚000) the air carrier cannot contest claims for compensation. Above that amount‚ the air carrier can defend itself against a claim by proving that it was not negligent or otherwise at fault.
If a passenger is killed or injured‚ the air carrier must make an advanced payment‚ to cover immediate economic needs‚ within 15 days from the identification of the person entitled to compensation. In the event of death‚ this advance payment shall not be less than 16‚000 SDRs (approximately EUR 20‚000).
In case of passenger delay‚ the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability for passenger delay is limited to 4‚694 SDRs (approximately EUR 5‚100).
In case of baggage delay‚ the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability for baggage delay is limited to 1‚131 SDRs (approximately EUR 1‚230).
The air carrier is liable for destruction‚ loss or damage to baggage up to 1‚131 SDRs (approximately EUR 1‚230). In the case of checked baggage‚ it is liable even if not at fault‚ unless the baggage was defective. In the case of unchecked baggage‚ the carrier is liable only if at fault.
A passenger can benefit from a higher liability limit by making a special declaration at the latest at check-in and by paying a supplementary fee.
If the baggage is damaged‚ delayed‚ lost or destroyed‚ the passenger must write and complain to the air carrier as soon as possible. In the case of damage to checked baggage‚ the passenger must write and complain within seven days‚ and in the case of delay within 21 days‚ in both cases from the date on which the baggage was placed at the passenger's disposal.
If the air carrier actually performing the flight is not the same as the contracting air carrier‚ the passenger has the right to address a complaint or to make a claim for damages against either. If the name or code of an air carrier is indicated on the ticket or booking confirmation‚ that air carrier is the contracting air carrier.
Any action in court to claim damages must be brought within two years from the date of arrival of the aircraft‚ or from the date on which the aircraft ought to have arrived.
The basis for the rules described above is the Montreal Convention of 28 May 1999‚ which is implemented in the Community by Regulation (EC) No. 2027/97 (as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 889/2002) and national legislation of the Member States.