An Act to give effect in Bangladesh to the Convention concerning international carriage by air known as the Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague, 1955
WHEREAS it is expedient to give effect in Bangladesh to the Convention concerning international carriage by air known as the Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague, 1955, and to enable the rules contained in that Convention to be applied, subject to exceptions, adaptations and modifications, to carriage by air in Bangladesh which is not international carriage within the meaning of the Convention, and to provide for matters connected herewith; It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1. (1) This Act may be called the Carriage by Air (International Convention) Act, 1966. (2) It extends to the whole of Bangladesh. (3) It shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on the first day of August, 1963.
2. (1) The rules contained in the First Schedule, being the provisions of the Convention for the unification of certain rules relating to international carriage by air known as “the Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague, 1955”, hereinafter referred to as the Convention, shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, have the force of law in Bangladesh in relation to any carriage by air to which those rules apply, irrespective of the nationality of the aircraft performing the carriage. (2) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, certify who are the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, in respect of what territories they are parties, and to what extent they have availed themselves of the Additional Protocol to the Convention, and any such notification shall be conclusive evidence of the matters certified therein. (3) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Fatal Accidents Act, 1855, or any other law for the time being in force, the rules contained in the First Schedule shall, in all cases to which those rules apply, determine the liability of a carrier in respect of the death of a passenger, and the rules contained in the Second Schedule shall determine the persons by whom and for whose benefit and the manner in which such liability may be enforced. (4) Any sum in francs mentioned in rule 22 of the First Schedule shall, for the purpose of any action against a carrier, be converted into rupees at the rate of exchange prevailing on the date on which the amount of damages to be paid by the carrier is ascertained by the Court. (5) Any reference in the First Schedule- (a) to the territory of any High Contracting Party to the Convention shall be construed as a reference to all the territories in respect of which he is a party; and (b) to agents of the carrier shall be construed as including a reference to servants of the carrier.
3. (1) Every High Contracting Party to the Convention who has not availed himself of the provisions of the Additional Protocol thereto shall, for the purposes of any suit brought in a Court in Bangladesh in accordance with the provisions of rule 28 of the First Schedule to enforce a claim in respect of carriage undertaken by him, be deemed to have submitted to the jurisdiction of that Court and to be a person for the purposes of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. (2) The 1[ High Court Division] may make rules of procedure providing for all matters which may be expedient to enable such suits to be instituted and carried on. (3) Nothing in this section shall authorise any Court to attach or sell any property of a High Contracting Party to the Convention.
4. The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, apply the rules contained in the First Schedule and any provision of section 2 to such carriage by air, not being international carriage by air as defined in the First Schedule, as may be specified in the notification, subject, however, to such exceptions, adaptations and modifications, if any, as may be so specified.
5. The Carriage By Air Act, 1934, shall,- (a) in so far as it relates to carriage by air to which the rules contained in the First Schedule to this Act may, for the time being, apply, stand repealed; and (b) to the extent it has not been so repealed, have effect subject to the modification that for the provisions of the Second Schedule to that Act the provisions of the Second Schedule to this Act shall be substituted.