Delay, in the domestic context, includes being "bumped" on overbooked flights, and also covers flights that have have been delayed or cancelled because of airline issues, such as rostering.Under the Act, airlines are liable to pay compensation to passengers - up to 10 times the price of their ticket, or the actual cost of the passenger's delay, whichever is the lesser.A Bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament to effect changes sometime in 2014.
An objective of the Act is to ensure New Zealand meets its obligations under international aviation agreements.The Act makes the Minister of Transport responsible for administering New Zealand’s participation in the Convention on International Civil Aviation.The Act empowers the Minister of Transport to establish, maintain and operate aerodromes.The Act sets out the high level arrangements for Crown and joint venture airports – that is, airports jointly owned by the Crown and local authorities.The Ministry wants to make sure the Act promotes a responsive regulatory system to support a dynamic aviation sector.
The review will reconsider the relationship between the Act and the Airport Authorities Act 1966.
The results of this review will inform the Civil Aviation Act review.
All stakeholders will be involved in a formal consultation process in late January-end of February 2014. If a Bill is introduced, submissions can be made at the select committee stage when the Bill is introduced to Parliament.
In addition, over the past 20 years, significant change has occurred within government and throughout the international aviation industry.
Some of the changes are: Policy review work began in May 2013 and will run to the end of August 2013. Recommendations will be completed by November 2013, when a Cabinet paper will be prepared.
The Act introduced the concept of shared accountability for safety, between participants in the civil aviation system and the Civil Aviation Authority.