Federal rules on transparent airfare advertising expected by late 2012
The federal government is moving ahead to establish new rules requiring Canadian airlines to include all extra fees, charges, and taxes when advertising ticket prices.
Travellers can expect the regulations on airfare advertising to be in place by the 2012 winter holiday season, Transport Canada said today (December 16).
A clause on creating the requirements for carriers to advertise full airfare prices and not just base rates was included in a federal bill from June 2007.
However, a senate amendment to the bill allowed the federal cabinet to determine when the airfare provisions would commence.
Transportation Minister Steven Fletcher today announced that the clause on airfare advertising regulations has come into force.
“Our government is committed to enhancing consumer protection while promoting fair competition by ensuring greater transparency of advertised airfares for Canadian travellers,” Fletcher said in a statement.
“This will allow consumers to easily determine the full cost of airfares in order to make informed choices,” the minister said.
The Canadian Transportation Agency is set to begin drafting the regulations.