MARIGOT–Senator Guillaume Arnell disclosed that St. Martin is now one of four overseas territories which will be allowed to have its consumers reimbursed for taxes and other airport charges by airlines or travel agents if flights are cancelled.
The motion to make the amendment was adopted unanimously in the National Assembly. The Bill which passed through the Senate included four overseas departments that had been excluded in error by the Act of August 17, 2015. The overseas Collectivités of St. Martin and Mayotte, moreover, were not included under Article 74 either.
Arnell had brought up the issue with the State Secretary Martine Pinville and Senator Martial Bourquin, rapporteur of the Joint Commission to have the oversight corrected.
“I am pleased that the amendment has been adopted unanimously and I thank my colleagues,” Arnell said in a release. “Now St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, St. Pierre and Miquelon, as well as Mayotte, are included in this measure for consumers who must have their taxes and airport charges refunded in case of cancellation of a trip by airline companies and travel agencies.
“I therefore renew my devotion and my commitment to move forward together in our beautiful country, in order to live up to the trust that you kindly showed me in electing me Senator for St. Martin.”