NEWS

Fijian Specialist Backs Aviation Liability Law

Fiji needs to ratify Montreal Convention 1999 for even better security of air travellers, it was urged yesterday. The call was made by former acting Director Civil Aviation, Joeli Koroikata.
06 Mar 2015 10:25
Fijian Specialist Backs Aviation Liability Law

Fiji needs to ratify Montreal Convention 1999 for even better security of air travellers, it was urged yesterday.

The call was made by former acting Director Civil Aviation, Joeli Koroikata.

He made these remarks while presenting to the Fiji Parliament Foreign and Defence Committee on the need to ratify the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air.

“Ratification implies that future travel in Fiji airlines will be well protected and provided for in terms of liability coverage on carriers in respect of death or injury and for destruction or loss of, or damage to, baggage, and for delay, the liability of carriers will be determined by a more uniformed Special Drawing Rights (SDR) as defined by International Monetary Fund (IMF). Fiji is a signatory to the earlier Warsaw Convention covering such issues.

Mr Koroikata said that the Fiji Air PC121 crash near Delailasakau Village in the interior of Naitasiri forced a review of national aviation laws.  The crash, in 1999, killed 17 people, both local and international.

The aviation laws were amended in 2006 because the maximum liability cover was very low, said Mr Koroikata.

“In this case national laws will be implicated and must be amended to incorporate changes required and with regards to Chapter III of the Convention the Chief Executive Officer must be amended to include the liability coverage based on calculations using SDR.

“Fiji is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) after it ratified the Convention on International Civil Aviation(or Chicago Convention)and ICAO is dedicated to developing safe, secure and efficient air transport for peaceful purposes and ensuring a reasonable opportunity for every state to operate international airlines,” he said.

Feedback:  litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 




Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper