Case name:

Air Passenger Duty (Youth Fares 12-16 years old) – Class Action Against Air Canada

Quebec Superior Court file #:

500-06-001147-210

Violations:

For travel as of March 1, 2016, the United Kingdom (U.K.) government exempted children under 16 years of age travelling in economy from the Air Passenger Duty
(APD). The APD is known as a tax paid by airlines on each chargeable passenger aboard a chargeable aircraft that takes off from a U.K. airport. The APD rates
generally cost either 82 or 180 British Pounds (approximately $139.33 or $291.01 Canadian). The Plaintiff alleges that up until today, Air Canada is the only Canadian airline to continue unlawfully collecting the APD for children under 16 years old travelling in economy, despite being aware of the age of their passengers prior to selling the ticket. In addition, consumers who purchased their Air Canada tickets through travel agents such as Expedia, or with “points” via loyalty programs are also being deceitfully charged the APD. This class action seeks the reimbursement of the aggregate amounts of the APD that Air Canada unlawfully collected from Class Members for flights to and from the U.K., specifically for passengers under 16 years of age who travelled March 1, 2016 onwards as well as punitive damages in amounts to be determined.

Proposed Class:

All persons worldwide who travelled to or from the United Kingdom with Air Canada and who were charged the Air Passenger Duty on a ticket for a child under 16 years old on the date of the flight, for travel as of March 1, 2016.

Remedies sought for consumers:

This class action seeks the reimbursement of the aggregate amounts of the APD that Air Canada unlawfully collected from Class Members for flights to and from the U.K., specifically for passengers under 16 years of age who travelled March 1, 2016 onwards as well as punitive damages in amounts to be determined.

Status:

Pending authorization hearing.