Air Canada and WestJet both increase checked bag fees

Published: 8 March 2024

In February, WestJet announced it was increasing fees for checked bags. Shortly after, Air Canada followed suit. Both airlines now charge between $35 and $42 for the first checked bag on economy fares. Though now common throughout the industry, it was only in 2014 that Canada’s major airlines introduced checked bag fees. “It’s a business,” says Prof. Karl Moore. “You’re leaving money on the table if you don’t do it. There’s no outrage about it, so you can make some more money.”



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