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Judge greenlights class action lawsuit against Air Canada over fuel surcharges

Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press
Revealed Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:39PM EDT
Final Up to date Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:50PM EDT

MONTREAL — A Quebec Superior Courtroom choose has licensed a category motion lawsuit in opposition to Air Canada over gas surcharges.

The lawsuit, accepted Monday, argues the nation’s largest airline “illegally overcharged its customers” by greater than doubling the price of gas on some flights.

Michael Vathilakis, the petitioners’ lawyer, mentioned Air Canada misrepresented the said goal of the surcharge, which was to partially offset the fluctuating value of jet gas.

“What Air Canada did was represented to passengers that they were collecting this amount in order to offset volatility, when in fact the allegations are that they were in many cases actually reaping a real profit on it,” Vathilakis mentioned in a cellphone interview.

“In multiple cases, they charged an amount that was equal to or higher than the entire cost of fuel for the flight.”

The lawsuit cites one instance by which Air Canada allegedly charged enterprise and economic system passengers 105 per cent greater than the gas value on a flight to Paris in January 2014.

Every economic system passenger on that flight allegedly paid $238 in gas surcharges alone — $163 greater than they need to have in line with Air Canada’s contract definition of the cost. The airline took in $73,878 in gas dietary supplements on the flight, slightly than the $23,164 it ought to have charged, in line with the lawsuit.

The swimsuit states Air Canada’s contract with shoppers permits it to cost them as much as 33 per cent greater than the price of gas.

The category motion issues prospects in Quebec who purchased worldwide tickets to locations outdoors the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean between April 2012 and November 2014.

Air Canada mentioned it disagrees with the allegations.

“We intend to vigorously defend our position through the courts,” spokeswoman Angela Mah mentioned in an e mail.

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