Air Canada will begin charging passengers for their second checked bag on January 19. The fee for travel between Canada and the U.S. will be $30CAD (about $28.50, see XE.com for current exchange rates), and the fee for travel between Canada and Europe will be $50CAD.
According to Air Canada’s executive vice president Ben Smith, the airline, which flirted with bankruptcy earlier this year, instituted the fee to “match our U.S. and European competitors” and called it “an important step as we work toward sustained profitability.”
The fee is on par with what most domestic carriers charge for the second checked bag (typically around $30), though the exchange rate will cause that comparison to fluctuate. Multiple U.S. carriers charge a smaller fee if passengers pay online; Air Canada does not.