Liability of air carrier for damages caused by a delay

By Judgment issued on 17th February 2016 (C-429/14) the EU Court of Justice, interpreting Articles no. 19, 22 and 29 of the 1999 Convention of Montreal on air transport – implemented by the European Community by Council Decision no. 2001/539/CE – found an air carrier liable to compensate an employer for damages caused by a delay where the employer had executed an international transport agreement to carry its employees as passengers. The Court has therefore clarified that the right to compensation may accrue not only in respect of damages caused to passengers but also in respect of those suffered by their employer, such as travel expenses paid on a daily basis.