China's aviation authority has decided to raise the compensation limit to families of air crash victims to 400,000 yuan (48,000 U.S. dollars) each from 70,000 yuan (8,400 dollars) set in 1993, said Wednesday's China Daily.
A new regulation issued by China's General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC), which is due to take effect on March 28, said passengers on domestic flights can get up to 400,000 yuan according to the actual bodily injury, in addition to compensation from insurance companies.
It also set the maximum compensation for damage on each passenger's carried-on baggage as well as checked luggage and cargo, at 3,000 yuan (360 dollars) and 100 yuan (12 dollars) per kilogram respectively.
"The new regulation is expected to better protect passengers' rights and boost the development of civil aviation," said Yuan Yaohui, a senior official with CAAC.
The current rules, a provisional regulation enacted in 1993, set the ceiling of compensation for every victim at 70,000 yuan (8,400 dollars).
Though still lower than the international standard, the new regulation is "a timely progress," said Liu Weimin, an expert with the Civil Aviation Management Institute.
The new rules will apply to both Chinese and foreign passengers. Compensation to foreign passengers, if necessary, can be higher, Yuan said.
However, the regulation has not mentioned the compensation for delayed flights, a matter that many passengers complain and concern about now.