The backdrop to these hearings is the federal government’s proposed air passenger bill of rights, which it hopes to have made law by year’s end.
hearings on the bill, known as C-49, will start before the house of Commons officially resumes sitting after its summer break.
how the airline industry must respond to tarmac delays is not the focus of those hearings and instead will be dealt with after Parliament approves the government’s legislation. told repeatedly that they were not allowed off the planes because customs agents refused to allow it, even after food and beverages ran out.
The airport authority said gates were available if Air Transat pilots wanted to let passengers disembark and rejected suggestions that it helped other planes refuel while neglecting Air Transat.