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Air Canada, WestJet raising checked baggage fee to $30 for lowest-fare passengers

Two Air Canada jets taxi on the tarmac at the Halifax airport on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.
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August 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

MONTREAL - Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. are raising fees for passengers to check their bags.

The country's two largest airlines are raising the fee for the first checked bag to $30 from $25, and for the second bag to $50 from $30.

Air Canada and WestJet say the increases follow similar fee bumps by major U.S. airline JetBlue Airways Corp. as well as rising fuel prices and other costs.

For years, the airlines checked the first bag for free, a policy that largely ended across the industry by 2014.

The increases were put in place this week for domestic flight bookings, and with WestJet are effective for international flights booked starting Tuesday.

The fees apply to the lowest fare classes at both airlines.

Companies in the story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)

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