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ARELLANO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Taft Avenue, Pasay City

The Warsaw Convention and the


Montreal Convention

Submitted By:

Group 1
Gacula, Raya Risha D.
Go, Denise Kimberly Krizelle D.
Lo, Ana Rosalie B.
Monter, Mary Ann G.
Ostan, Margilyn S.
Ramores, Kathrina Nina T.
Roa, Mary Rose S.

Submitted to:
Atty. Rhea Joy Morales-Gonzales

April 15, 2019


THE WARSAW CONVENTION

Brief History

The Warsaw Convention is formally called the “The Convention for the Unification of
Certain Rules Relating to International Transportation by Air”. It was ratified by the Philippines
on November 9, 1950 and it took effect on February 7, 1951.

It applies to all international transportation of persons, baggage or goods performed by an


aircraft gratuitously or for hire. CAB Economic Regulation No. 9 provides that for international
flights, the Warsaw Convention shall apply with respect to delayed, lost, and damaged baggage. It
was designed to protect and promote the international airline industry.

Meaning of International Transportation

 When the place of departure and the place of destination are within the territories of
two contracting countries regardless of whether or not there was a break in the
transportation or transhipment.

 When the place of departure and the place of destination are within the territory of a
single contracting country if there is an agreed stopping place within a territory subject
to the sovereignty, mandate or authority of another power, even though the power is
not a party to the Convention.

Coverage

 Liability under the Warsaw Convention does not arise if a passenger’s injury results
from his own internal reaction to the usual, normal and expected operation of the
aircraft. In other words, the injury case was not caused by an accident. Hence, Courts
are required to distinguish causes that are “accidents” from causes that are
“occurrences”.
 The carrier shall be liable for damage sustained in the event of the death or injury of a
passenger if the accident which caused the damage took place:
▪ on board the aircraft or,
▪ in the course of any of the operations of embarking or disembarking or
▪ when there was or because of delay
 With respect to baggage or goods checked in, the carrier is liable if the damage
occurred:
▪ during air transportation or

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▪ when there is delay

Limit of Liability
 Rule: The liability of the carrier for injuries to passengers under the Warsaw
Convention is 250,000 francs.

 Exception: However, by special contract, the carrier and the passenger may agree to a
higher limit of liability

Defenses Against Limit of Liability


The limit of liability is not applicable in case of
1. Willful misconduct
 3 essential elements for a claim of wilful misconduct to be successful are as
follows:
a) An intentional act or omission done with conscious awareness that such
an act or omission was wrongful;
b) An awareness of the probable consequences of an act or omission; and
c) A causal relationship between the act or omission and the injury
sustained.
 There is no wilful misconduct if the airplane was lost without a trace since there
can be no proof of the act or omission or the proximate cause of the accident.

2. Gross Negligence
 Ex. Loss of baggage by the carrier

3. Absence of ticket for the transportation of passengers or of waybills with respect to


transportation of goods
 The ticket or waybill shall contain a statement that the transportation is subject
to the rules relating to liability established by the Warsaw Convention.
 Article 3(2) of the Warsaw Convention subjects a carrier to unlimited liability
if it accepts a passenger without a passenger ticket having been delivered.
 However, it is the opinion of the US Supreme Court “that defective compliance
with the notice provision (as distinguished from total absence of notice) does
not eliminate the liability limitation is confirmed by comparing Article 3(2)
with other provisions of the Convention.”

4. Absence of baggage check


 The carrier shall not be entitled to exclude or limit his liability if:
o It accepts baggage without a baggage check having been delivered or

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o If the baggage check does not contain the particulars required.

 However, Article 4(4) provides that “the absence, irregularity or loss of the
baggage checks shall not affect the existence or the validity of the contract of
transportation which shall nonetheless be subject to the rules of this
Convention.”

5. If there was waiver on the part of the carrier, and


 Failure to raise timely objections during the trial when questions and answers
regarding the actual claims and damages by the passenger were asked.

6. If the carrier is estopped from invoking the provision on limit of liability.

Tort Liability
 The Warsaw Convention does not preclude application of the Civil Code and local
laws.

 Hence, a complaint for quasi-delist can still be filed even if the filing is beyond the
prescriptive period provided for under the Convention so long as it is within the
prescriptive period of 4 years under the Civil Code.

THE MONTREAL CONVENTION

Brief History

After the adoption of the Warsaw Convention, several protocols took place to introduce
improvements to the original Warsaw Convention. The latest in this series is the 1999 Montreal
Convention which was signed on May 28, 1999. The Philippines’ accession to the Montreal
Convention was ratified through Senate Resolution No. 1336 on May 13, 2015.

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COMPARATIVE PROVISIONS OF WARSAW & MONTREAL CONVENTION

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Objective

● To regulate in a uniform manner the ● Harmonizing of the Warsaw Convention


conditions of international transportation to today’s condition
by air (Preamble of the Convention)

Period Covered

● It is the period during which the baggage ● It is the period during which the cargo is
or goods are in the charge of the carrier, in the charge of the carrier, upon condition
whether in an airport or on board an only that the event which caused the
aircraft, or, in the case of a landing outside damage so sustained took place during the
an airport, in any place whatsoever. carriage by air.
● Not covered – any transportation by land, ● Not covered – any transportation by land,
by sea, or by river performed outside an by sea, or by inland waterway performed
airport outside an airport. However, if such
carriage takes place in the performance of
a contract for carriage by air, for the
purpose of loading, delivery or
transshipment, any damage is presumed
to have been the result of an event which
took place during the carriage by air,
subject to proof to the contrary.

Application

● The Warsaw Convention will generally ● The Montreal Convention applies to all
apply where the Montreal Convention operations by European Union carriers
does not. and to all operations of other, non-
● It is less favourable to passengers. European Union carriers that have elected
to accepts its provisions.
● As of September 2018, there are 133
parties to the Convention

Liability

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Article 17 Article 17 - Death and injury of passengers
- damage to baggage
1) The carrier is liable for damage
sustained in the event of the death or 1) The carrier is liable for damage
wounding of a passenger or any other sustained in case of death or bodily
bodily injury suffered by a passenger, injury of a passenger upon condition
if the accident which caused the only that the accident which caused the
damage so sustained took place on death or injury took place on board the
board the aircraft or in the course of aircraft or in the course of any of the
any of the operations of embarking or operations of embarking or
disembarking. disembarking.
2) The carrier is liable for damage
sustained in case of destruction, or loss, 2) The carrier liable for damage sustained
or of damage to checked baggage. in case of destruction or loss of, or of
damage to, checked baggage upon
condition only that the event which
caused the destruction, loss or damage
took place on board the aircraft or
during any period within which the
checked baggage was in the charge of
the carrier. However, the carrier is not
liable if and to the extent that the
damage resulted from the inherent
defect, quality or vice of the baggage.
In the case of unchecked baggage,
including personal items, the carrier is
liable if the damage resulted from its
fault or that of its servants or agents.

3) If the carrier admits the loss of the


checked baggage, or if the checked
baggage has not arrived at the
expiration of twenty-one days after the
date on which it ought to have arrived,
the passenger is entitled to enforce
against the carrier the rights which flow
from the contract of carriage.

4) Unless otherwise specified, in this


Convention the term "baggage" means
both checked baggage and unchecked
baggage.

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Article 18 Article 18 - Damage to cargo

1) The carrier is liable for damage 1) The carrier is liable for damage
sustained in the event of the destruction sustained in the event of the destruction
or loss of, or of damage to, any or loss of or damage to, cargo upon
registered luggage or any goods, if the condition only that the event which
occurrence which caused the damage caused the damage so sustained took
so sustained took place during the place during the carriage by air.
carriage by air.
2) However, the carrier is not liable if and
2) The carriage by air within the meaning to the extent it proves that the
of the preceding paragraph comprises destruction, or loss of, or damage to,
the period during which the luggage or the cargo resulted from one or more of
goods are in charge of the carrier, the following:
whether in an aerodrome or on board
an aircraft, or, in the case of a landing a) inherent defect, quality or vice of
outside an aerodrome, in any place that cargo;
whatsoever b) defective packing of that cargo
performed by a person other than
the carrier or its servants or agents;
c) an act of war or an armed conflict;
d) an act of public authority carried
out in connection with the entry,
exit or transit of the cargo.

3) The carriage by air within the meaning


of paragraph 1 of this Article comprises
the period during which the cargo is in
the charge of the carrier.

4) The period of the carriage by air does


not extend to any carriage by land, by
sea or by inland waterway performed
outside an airport. If, however, such
carriage takes place in the performance
of a contract for carriage by air, for the
purpose of loading, delivery or
transshipment, any damage is
presumed, subject to proof to the
contrary, to have been the result of an
event which took place during the

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carriage by air. If a carrier, without the


consent of the consignor, substitutes
carriage by another mode of transport
for the whole or part of a carriage
intended by the agreement between the
parties to be carriage by air, such
carriage by another mode of transport
is deemed to be within the period of
carriage by air.

Article 19 Article 19 - Delay

1) The carrier is liable for damage 1) The carrier is liable for damage
occasioned by delay in the carriage by occasioned by delay in the carriage by
air of passengers, luggage or goods. air of passengers, baggage or cargo.
Nevertheless, the carrier shall not be
liable for damage occasioned by delay
if it proves that it and its servants and
agents took all measures that could
reasonably be required to avoid the
damage or that it was impossible for it
or them to take such measures.

Exoneration of Liability

Article 19 Article 19 - Delay

1) The carrier is not liable if he proves that 1) If the carrier proves that the damage
he and his agents have taken all was caused or contributed to by the
necessary measures to avoid the negligence or other wrongful act or
damage or that it was impossible for omission of the person claiming
him or them to take such measures. compensation, or the person from
whom he or she derives his or her
2) In the carriage of goods and luggage rights, the carrier shall be wholly or
the carrier is not liable if he proves that partly exonerated from its liability to
the damage was occasioned by the claimant to the extent that such

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negligent pilotage or negligence in the negligence or wrongful act or omission


handling of the aircraft or in navigation caused or contributed to the damage.
and that, in all other respects, he and his When by reason of death or injury of a
agents have taken all necessary passenger compensation is claimed by
measures to avoid the damage. a person other than the passenger, the
carrier shall likewise be wholly or
partly exonerated from its liability to
Article 21
the extent that it proves that the damage
1) If the carrier proves that the damage
was caused or contributed to by the
was caused by or contributed to by the
negligence or other wrongful act or
negligence of the injured person the
omission of that passenger. This
Court may, in accordance with the
Article applies to all the liability
provisions of its own law, exonerate
provisions in this Convention,
the carrier wholly or partly from his
including paragraph 1 of Article 21.
liability.

Notice of Claim

Article 26 Article 31

1) Receipt by the person entitled to 1) Receipt by the person entitled to


delivery of luggage or goods without delivery of checked baggage or cargo
complaint is prima facie evidence that without complaint is prima facie
the same have been delivered in good evidence that the same has been
condition and in accordance with the delivered in good condition and in
document of carriage. accordance with the document of
carriage or with the record preserved
by the other means referred to in
paragraph 2 of Article 3 and paragraph
2 of Article 4.

Article 26 Article 31

3) Every complaint must be made in 3) Every complaint must be made in


writing upon the document of carriage writing and given or dispatched within
or by separate notice in writing the times aforesaid.
dispatched within the times aforesaid.

4) If no complaint is made within the


times aforesaid, no action shall lie

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4) Failing complaint within the times against the carrier, save in the case of
aforesaid, no action shall lie against the fraud on its part.
carrier, save in the case of fraud on his
part.

Damages

Article 22 Article 21

1) In the carriage of passengers the 1) For damages arising under paragraph 1


liability of the carrier for each of Article 17 not exceeding 100,000
passenger is limited to the sum of Special Drawing Rights for each
125,000 francs. Where, in accordance passenger, the carrier shall not be able
with the law of the Court seised of the to exclude or limit its liability.
case, damages may be awarded in the
form of periodical payments, the
equivalent capital value of the said
payments shall not exceed 125,000
francs. Nevertheless, by special
contract, the carrier and the passenger
may agree to a higher limit of liability.

Article 22 Article 21

2) In the carriage of registered luggage 2) The carrier shall not be liable for
and of goods, the liability of the carrier damages arising under paragraph 1 of
is limited to a sum of 250 francs per Article 17 to the extent that they exceed for
kilogram, unless the consignor has each passenger 100,000 Special Drawing
made, at the time when the package Rights if the carrier proves that:
was handed over to the carrier, a (a) such damage was not due to the
negligence or other wrongful act or
special declaration of the value at
omission of the carrier or its servants or
delivery and has paid a supplementary
agents; or
sum if the case so requires. In that case (b) such damage was solely due to the
the carrier will be liable to pay a sum negligence or other wrongful act or
not exceeding the declared sum, unless omission of a third party.
he proves that that sum is greater than
the actual value to the consignor at 4) In the case of destruction, loss, damage
delivery. or delay of part of the cargo, or of any
object contained therein, the weight to be

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3) As regards objects of which the taken into consideration in determining the


passenger takes charge himself the amount to which the carrier's liability is
liability of the carrier is limited to limited shall be only the total weight of the
5,000 francs per passenger. package or packages concerned.
Nevertheless, when the destruction, loss,
4) The sums mentioned above shall be damage or delay of a part of the cargo, or of
an object contained therein, affects the
deemed to refer to the French franc
value of other packages covered by the
consisting of 65 « milligrams gold of same air waybill, or the same receipt or, if
millesimal fineness 900. These sums they were not issued, by the same record
may be converted into any national preserved by the other means referred to in
currency in round figures. paragraph 2 of Article 4, the total weight of
such package or packages shall also be
taken into consideration in determining the
limit of liability.

5) The foregoing provisions of paragraphs


1 and 2 of this Article shall not apply if it is
proved that the damage resulted from an act
or omission of the carrier, its servants or
agents, done with intent to cause damage or
recklessly and with knowledge that damage
would probably result; provided that, in the
case of such act or omission of a servant or
agent, it is also proved that such servant or
agent was acting within the scope of its
employment.

6) The limits prescribed in Article 21 and in


this Article shall not prevent the court from
awarding, in accordance with its own law,
in addition, the whole or part of the court
costs and of the other expenses of the
litigation incurred by the plaintiff,
including interest. The foregoing provision
shall not apply if the amount of the
damages awarded, excluding court costs
and other expenses of the litigation, does
not exceed the sum which the carrier has
offered in writing to the plaintiff within a
period of six months from the date of the
occurrence causing the damage, or before

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the commencement of the action, if that is


later.
Prescription

Article 29 Article 35

1) The right to damages shall be 1) The right to damages shall be


extinguished if an action is not brought extinguished if an action is not brought
within two years, reckoned from the within a period of two years, reckoned
date of arrival at the destination, or from the date of arrival at the
from the date on which the aircraft destination, or from the date on which
ought to have arrived, or from the date the aircraft ought to have arrived, or
on which the carriage stopped. from the date on which the carriage
stopped.
2) The method of calculating the period of
limitation shall be determined by the 2) The method of calculating that period
law of the Court seised of the case. shall be determined by the law of the
court seized of the case.
Venue of Actions

Article 28 Article 33
1) An action for damages must be 1) An action for damages must be
brought, at the option of the plaintiff, in brought, at the option of the plaintiff, in
the territory of one of the High the territory of one of the States Parties,
Contracting Parties, either before the either before the court of the domicile
Court having jurisdiction where the of the carrier or of its principal place of
carrier is ordinarily resident, or has his business, or where it has a place of
principal place of business, or has an business through which the contract
establishment by which the contract has been made or before the court at the
has been made or before the Court place of destination.
having jurisdiction at the place of
destination.
2) In respect of damage resulting from the
2) Questions of procedure shall be death or injury of a passenger, an action
governed by the law of the Court seised may be brought before one of the
of the case. courts mentioned in paragraph 1 of this
Article, or in the territory of a State
Party in which at the time of the
accident the passenger has his or her
principal and permanent residence and

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to or from which the carrier operates


services for the carriage of passengers
by air, either on its own aircraft or on
another carrier's aircraft pursuant to a
commercial agreement, and in which
that carrier conducts its business of
carriage of passengers by air from
premises leased or owned by the carrier
itself or by another carrier with which
it has a commercial agreement.

3) For the purposes of paragraph 2,


(a) "commercial agreement" means an
agreement, other than an agency
agreement, made between carriers and
relating to the provision of their joint
services for carriage of passengers by
air;
(b) "principal and permanent
residence" means the one fixed and
permanent abode of the passenger at
the time of the accident. The
nationality of the passenger shall not
be the determining factor in this regard.

4) Questions of procedure shall be


governed by the law of the court seized
of the case.

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