Air Passenger Duty (Youth Fares 12-16 years old) – Class Action Against Air Canada

File: 500-06-001147-210

Date: May 2021

The Settlement Class

All Canadian residents who purchased an economy class ticket from Air Canada during the Class Period for a flight departing from the United Kingdom and who were charged the Air Passenger Duty for a passenger under 16 years of age on the date of the flight actually taken, except those purchasers who had their ticket previously refunded or credited by Air Canada. However, any person who files a valid and timely Request for Exclusion is excluded from the Class.


For travel as of March 1, 2016, the United Kingdom (U.K.) government exempted children under 16 years of age travelling in economy from the Air Passenger Duty (APD). The APD is known as a tax paid by airlines on each chargeable passenger aboard a chargeable aircraft that takes off from a U.K. airport. The APD rates generally cost either 82 or 180 British Pounds (approximately $139.33 or $291.01 Canadian). The Plaintiff alleged that Air Canada unlawfully collected the APD for children under 16 years old travelling in economy, despite being aware of the age of their passengers prior to selling the ticket. This class action has been settled. Air Canada denies these allegations and any wrongdoing, and no court has concluded that there was any wrongdoing by Air Canada. You can consult the settlement agreement, notices, and judgment by clicking on the files at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.

What The Settlement Provides

Each class member will be eligible to obtain a full refund of the APD charged for each ticket he or she purchased for a passenger under 16 years of age on the date of the flight actually taken, which will be processed automatically by Air Canada and made in accordance with the method of payment used by the class member or, when the former is not possible, by cheque mailed to the last known address of the class member.

If you received a notice by email, this means that you are a member of the class action. If you did not receive a notice by email but think that you could be a class member, you can contact us ( to verify if you are a member of the class action.


On September 29, 2022, the Superior Court of Quebec authorized this class action for settlement purposes only and approved Notice Plan to Class Members. The settlement approval hearing will be held in the Montreal Courthouse on December 16, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Details on how to connect via TEAMS will be provided on this website once available.


Velvet Payments Class Action Services​
5900 Andover Ave. Suite 1
Montreal, Quebec
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Phone: 1-888-770-6892

Class Counsel​
Me Joey Zukran
276 Saint-Jacques Street, Suite 801
Montreal, Quebec
H2Y 1N3
Phone: (514) 379-1572

Available Documents
Short Form Pre Approval Notice
2022 08 16 National Settlement Agreement
Long Form Pre Approval Notice
2021 05 11 Application to Authorize Class Action