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October 27, 2021
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Fuel surcharges ignite airline competition

With oil prices way down from a record high of around $150 a barrel in July, Canada’s two largest airlines, Air Canada and WestJet, both announced price cuts in mid-September. But whereas WestJet opted to eliminate its $20 to $45 fuel surcharge, Air Canada got rid of its fuel surcharge in name only by adding the $20 to $60 figure to its prices.

In a release, Air Canada claimed that by no longer disclosing the actual amount of the fuel surcharge to customers and adding that cost into its as-advertised base prices, it was making its pricing “more transparent.” Air Canada also announced it would cease charging passengers a fee for checking a second bag for Canadian and US flights — a measure it introduced earlier this year in response to rising fuel costs but WestJet resisted.

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