Air Canada cuts baggage fees, incorporates fuel surcharges into advertised fares

In response to decreasing fuel prices, Air Canada is eliminating all second checked-bag charges ($25) implemented in the spring. The airline also announced it is incorporating fuel surcharges into its advertised base fares on North American flights. “Although the cost of fuel remains highly volatile and far above historic norms, the recent retreat in oil prices is enabling us to reinstate our previous baggage policy. We are eliminating the second checked bag charge on North American Tango and Tango Plus fares…,” said Ben Smith, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. “Further, Air Canada is making its pricing more transparent by removing add-on fuel surcharges for flights within North America and instead adjusting its base fares to cover the total cost of fuel.” As well, starting Oct. 14, Air Canada will simplify its excess baggage fees by introducing a single $75 fee for travel within North America ($100 international) for overweight and/or oversize pieces.

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