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New regulations for Canadian air carriers

June 2012
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By Brenda L. Pritchard

This article was originally published in the June 2012 edition of Travel Law Quarterly (www.tlq.travel)

Until recently, for the unsophisticated purchaser, the prospect of a relaxing vacation in an exotic location or a sightseeing tour to a world class destination inevitably required navigating a collection of travel brochures, newspaper ads and internet travel sites to determine exactly how much a flight was going to cost. Similarly, collectors of frequent flyer miles had to account for additional taxes and fees when making the decision to redeem their points. In the wake of recent Canadian consumer protection legislation and complementary initiatives on the part of airlines, these frustrating experiences may soon be a thing of the past. New regulations requiring Canadian air carriers to include all associated fees and taxes in their advertised prices are expected to be implemented this year and have already started to change the consumer experience associated with purchasing an airline ticket.

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