OTTAWA, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today
launched a consultation to seek the views of the public and industry on the best approach to the
application of baggage rules for transportation to, from and within
Canada involving multiple air carriers.
Baggage rules address matters such as the number of bags a passenger may
check, the weight and size of baggage, how many pieces of baggage a
passenger may bring with them on the airplane and excess baggage
charges. Carriers can have different policies in this respect, raising
the issue of which carrier's policy applies in travel arrangements
involving multiple air carriers.
Currently, different approaches to baggage rules are used around the
world. This results in uneven practices internationally and ultimately
creates the possibility of confusion and extra charges for consumers
and the industry. The goal is to have a clear approach to ensure
transparency for consumers and industry alike.
"We want to get the views of consumers and the industry on the best
Agency approach to baggage rules for Canada," said Geoff Hare, Chair
and CEO of the Agency. "This approach should be clear so that it
reduces confusion for consumers, levels the playing field for the
industry and avoids extra costs associated with multiple systems for
both industry and consumers."
The consultation period closes on April 15, 2013. Should you be
interested in providing written comments or submissions to the Agency
for consideration, please visit our website for information on how to submit your input by email or by mail.
About the Canadian Transportation Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent administrative body
of the Government of Canada. It performs two key functions within the
federal transportation system:
As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the Agency, informally and through formal
adjudication, resolves a range of commercial and consumer
transportation-related disputes, including accessibility issues for
persons with disabilities. It operates like a court when adjudicating
As an economic regulator, the Agency makes determinations and issues
authorities, licences and permits to transportation carriers under
SOURCE: Canadian Transportation Agency
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