Thailand Ratifies Montreal Convention 1999 for Airline Liability

Montreal (Canada) - September 6, 2017 ( - Thailand has become the 127th country to ratify Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) legislation. MC99 establishes airline liability in the case of death or injury, of delays to passengers, and in instances of damage or loss of baggage and cargo.

Lawmakers persevered because they understood MC99 is critical for Thailand’s aviation industry to reach its full potential. With Indonesia also recently implementing MC99, IATA is now urging three more Asian countries—Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam—to urgently ratify the legislation.

"Implementing an international treaty is not an easy task," said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

"Aligning laws with the treaty’s provisions and passing them through parliament can take years. In the case of Thailand it was a seven-year process.

"But lawmakers persevered because they understood that MC99 is critical for Thailand’s aviation industry to reach its full potential.

"With Thailand set to rank among the world’s top ten aviation markets by 2032 that potential is significant. Already aviation supports 3.3 million jobs and $48 billion of economic activity in the Kingdom."

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