Denied Boarding (Overselling of Flights)
It is never Air Borealis’ intention to inconvenience you. However, due to operational requirements and inventory control, sometimes we are unable to accommodate you, even though you have a confirmed reservation.
During a denied boarding situation, Air Borealis will first solicit volunteers who are willing to give up their seat in exchange for compensation.
If there are not enough volunteers, we may deny boarding involuntarily to passengers holding a confirmed reservation in accordance with our policy on denied boarding priority, as found in our domestic tariff Air Borealis Local Domestic Tariff – Effective February 5 2021. We will give priority, in the following order, to passengers with a disability, their support person, service animal, or emotional support animal, if any; unaccompanied minors; passengers travelling due to death or illness; passengers for whom failure to travel would cause severe hardship; and passengers travelling as a group. All other passengers with confirmed reservations will be accommodated in the order in which they checked in.
If you are involuntarily denied boarding, Air Borealis will advise you why you were denied boarding, the compensation and standards of treatment to which you may be entitled as well as the recourses you have available.
If you are denied boarding because of a situation that’s outside of our control, here is how your travel plans will be accommodated:
- We’ll rebook you on the next available Air Borealis flight within 48 hours of the end of the event that caused the denial of boarding; or
- If we cannot do this, we will re-route you on any carrier via any reasonable air route to your destination or re-route you from another airport that is within a reasonable distance of your departure airport to your destination (if any). If your new departure is from such an airport, Air Borealis will arrange for your transportation to that other airport.
- Should you refuse the alternate travel arrangements offered because the arrangements offered do not meet your travel needs or there is no longer the purpose to travel, you are entitled to a refund. Please note that any refunds are subject to the fare rules applicable to your ticket.
If you are denied boarding due to a situation that is within our control or required for safety purposes, here is how your travel plans will be accommodated:
- Air Borealis will rebook you on the next available Air Borealis flight within 9 hours of your original departure time; or
- If we cannot do this, we will re-route you on any carrier via any reasonable air route to your destination that departs within 48 hours of your original departure time; or
- If we are still unable to provide a confirmed reservation that complies with the above, we will re-route you from another airport that is within a reasonable distance of your departure airport to your destination (if any). If your new departure is from such an airport, Air Borealis will arrange for your transportation to that other airport;
- If you refuse the alternate travel arrangements offered because travelling no longer serves a purpose, we will refund the unused portion of the ticket or, if you aren’t at your point of origin, refund your ticket and provide you with a confirmed reservation back to your point of origin that accommodates your needs.
Standard of Treatment:
If you are denied boarding for a situation within Air Borealis’ control or for security reasons, we will provide you with the following before you board your next flight booked as part of your alternate travel arrangements, unless this would further delay you:
- Food and drink in reasonable quantities, considering the length of the wait, the time of day and location;
- Access to a means of communication; and
- Hotel or comparable accommodations for overnight delays for out-of-town passengers, subject to availability within reasonable distance from airport.
In the unlikely event of denied boarding within Air Borealis’ control, a passenger may be entitled to compensation. Below is a table outlining the timelines of impact to the customer and associated compensation rates:
|Delay to original arrival time and compensation amounts||Optional: Travel voucher offered|
|0 to <6 hours||$900 CAD||$1800 AIR BOREALIS travel voucher|
|6 to <9 hours||$1800 CAD||$3600 AIR BOREALIS travel voucher|
|9+ hours||$2400 CAD||$4800 AIR BOREALIS travel voucher|
Passengers who experience a flight disruption that is within the airline’s control, but not required for safety, and who choose to take a ticket refund instead of rebooking will still be compensated for inconvenience – Air Borealis will pay you $125 CAN.
We will issue the compensation amount within 48 hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
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