By Don Douloff, May 15, 2008
Passengers travelling on Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines have to dig a little deeper into their pockets, as those airlines, citing sharp increases in gasoline costs, have imposed fuel surcharges. Air Canada’s surcharges, applied on domestic and trans-border flights into the U.S., range from $20 to $60 one-way, depending on distance. WestJet’s surcharges amount to $20, $30 and $45 on all short-, medium- and long-haul flights. Porter’s extra charges will amount to $20 one way for the Ottawa-Toronto route and $40 one way on all other routes.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly,” said WestJet executive vice-president, guest experience and marketing, Bob Cummings. “We held off as long as economically possible, but with the unrelenting and unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel over the last year, we are implementing this measure to offset the effect.”