Following input from industry stakeholders, the implementation of new Canadian baggage rules will now take place on April 1, 2015, pushed back from a start date of Oct. 1.
The new rules, passed April 16, 2014, by the Canadian Transportation Agency, are designed to harmonize interline baggage rules with the US Department of Transportation. In August, a number of stakeholders, including the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) and members of the travel tech industry (including Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport), aligned to ask the CTA for an extension of the initial implementation deadline, due to the fact that the changes were technical in nature and that the timelines were too aggressive to complete the software development required to comply.
According to a statement from ACTA, the new Canadian legislation requires air carriers to provide specific information to the consumer about all of the factors that may cause the fee for a carry-on bag and the first/second checked bag to vary (such as frequent flyer status, military status, early purchase discounts over the internet, etc.), so that the passenger can determine for themselves the fees that would apply.
This new information must be included in addition to indicating what the standard baggage allowances and charges are applicable to the passenger for the first and second pieces of checked baggage and carry-on baggage. Under the new legislation this information must appear on the summary page at the end of an online purchase on the carrier's website and must also appear on a passenger’s e-ticket issued by the carrier. At the time this decision was passed the CTA stated that it expected carriers to apply this approach for transportation to, from and within Canada for tickets purchased on and after Oct. 1.