September 18, 2008

Air Canada Drops Fee for Extra Baggage

Air Canada announced Thursday it was dropping its $25 fee for more than one checked piece of baggage as fuel costs have been decreasing.

In a statement from its headquarters in Montreal, the airline said the additional fee imposed May 15 will end next Tuesday.

"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," Air Canada Executive Vice President Ben Smith said.

The carrier also said, beginning Thursday, it would incorporate into its advertised prices the one-way, add-on fuel surcharge of that ranges from $20 to $60 on domestic and U.S. flights.

Air Canada is the 14th-largest commercial airline in the world and serves 34 million customers each year with a fleet of 335 aircraft.