Air Canada follows WestJet with 2nd bag fee

Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:49pm EST
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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Air Canada said on Wednesday it will start charging economy passengers C$20 ($20) for a second checked bag on domestic flights and flights to the Caribbean and Mexico.

The announcement comes a week after WestJet Airlines Ltd, Air Canada's biggest domestic rival, introduced its second bag fee.

Air Canada's charge, like WestJet's, takes effect for travel from January 19. The first checked bag flies without charge.

Air Canada's second bag policy for flights to and from the United States, Europe and other international destinations remains unchanged, it said. It currently charges C$30 or more, depending on the destination.

The charges are in line with those of airlines internationally and come as carriers look for new sources of revenue as they emerge from a bruising travel slowdown during the economic recession.

($1=$1.00 Canadian)

(Reporting by Nicole Mordant; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Air Canada passengers wait in line to check baggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto in this June 17, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese</p>