VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rosenberg Kosakoski LLP announced today that a national class action has been commenced against AIR TRANSAT alleging that the airline has engaged in a scheme to fraudulently misrepresent commercial flight itineraries to both consumers and aviation authorities with the objective of increasing ticket prices and reducing operation costs with the use of sub-standard aircraft. Recent reporting in the national media has revealed that Air Transat internally refers to its scheme as the “Mexican Game”.
The class action alleges that the Mexican Game works as follows: Air Transat advertises commercial flights with itineraries that do not include any stops between departure and destination, inducing both (a) consumers to purchase tickets at inflated cost and (b) aviation authorities to approve seemingly unremarkable flight plans. Air Transat then instruct flight crews, first, to cause these flights to make one or more undisclosed, but premeditated, stops during the scheduled itinerary and, second, to refrain from advising consumers and aviation authorities of these undisclosed stops until the affected flights are airborne and consequently incapable of interruption. The Mexican Game allows Air Transat to utilize sub-standard aircraft otherwise incapable of executing the advertised itineraries. The utilization of these inferior aircraft, although considered dangerous by flight crews, significantly reduces operational costs.
The class action was filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court by Jessica Spencer, a 33-year-old accountant from Victoria, British Columbia whose dream destination wedding was ruined after Ms. Spencer fell victim to Air Transat’s utilization of the Mexican Game. Ms. Spencer brings this national class action on her own behalf and on behalf of all passengers who were similarly misled by Air Transat.
Graham Kosakoski of Vancouver firm Rosenberg Kosakoski LLP says as follows:
“If these allegations prove true, we should all be deeply troubled that a Canadian airline would engage in such calculated deception in order to defraud, and possibly endanger, its customers.”
Rosenberg Kosakoski LLP is a leading B.C. class actions firm. It was the first law firm to bring a class action to the B.C. Court of Appeal under the Class Proceedings Act. For more, please visit rklitigation.ca.