Full airfare disclosure: Canadian airlines take the lead

CANADIAN carriers have taken the lead to disclose full airfare to make it easier for their customers to arrive at the full cost of flying – ahead of the government’s intention to make it mandatory, following in the footsteps of the European Union and United States.

Westjet Airlines was first to advertise fares that show the final cost payable, including all taxes and surcharges such as fuel surcharge, insurance and air security charges and airport improvement fee. This was followed by Air Canada occasioned by a seat sale to mark its 75th anniversary.

Canada’s third carrier Porter Airlines, which operates regional flights from its base at Toronto City Centre airport, said it would follow suit.

Credit to these airlines for not making an undue fuss over what can only be a fair and sensible move in their passengers’ interest. They now have every reason to demand that other airlines operating to and from Canada be not exempt when the rule comes into effect.

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About David Leo
David Leo has more than 30 years of aviation experience, having served in senior management in one of the world's best airlines and airports. He continues to maintain a keen interest in the business, writes freelance and provides consultancy services in the field.

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