OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Consumers have five days left to let the
Canadian Transportation Agency know what they would like to see in air
services price advertising regulations.
Since February 13th, the Agency has been hosting an online consultation
at airservicesadvertising.ca to allow Canadians to easily post new ideas, comment on ideas, and/or
support which ideas they like best.
The two-week consultation closes on Sunday, February 26th.
The submissions gathered from the online consultation will help the
Agency in the drafting of regulations requiring air carriers to include
in their advertisements all costs to the carrier, as well as all other
fees, charges, and taxes.
The intent of the new regulations is to ensure greater transparency and
allow consumers to easily determine the total price of an air
service—before they make their purchase decision.
What has been heard so far
The Agency is asking Canadians: "In an ad, what would help you to easily
determine the total price of an airline ticket?"
Canadians across the country are answering the call to action. In just
nine days since the consultation was launched, over 2,500 Canadians
have visited the site to gather information and to support, comment on
or post ideas in the forum. The couple of hundred ideas and comments
submitted thus far include "inclusive pricing" and "abolishing fuel
surcharges" to suggestions on "baggage charges" and "rules applying to
flights purchased with points and/or dollars".
How to take part in the discussion
Canadians have the opportunity to contribute to the process of drafting
They can tell the Agency what they think at airservicesadvertising.ca/idea-forum and contribute to the ongoing dialogue.
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
Image with caption: "Man at laptop. (CNW Group/Canadian Transportation Agency)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120222_C6351_PHOTO_EN_10300.jpg
Image with caption: "Idea Forum. (CNW Group/Canadian Transportation Agency)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120222_C6351_PHOTO_EN_10302.jpg
Image with caption: "Idea forum posts. (CNW Group/Canadian Transportation Agency)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120222_C6351_PHOTO_EN_10301.jpg
SOURCE Canadian Transportation Agency
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For more information on the Agency's consultations for Air Services Price Advertising Regulations, visit Idea Forum.
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