MONTREAL, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada said today that it will implement changes to its checked baggage policy on flights within Canada, and between Canada and the U.S. including Hawaii, effective May 15, 2008 for travel on or after July 15, 2008.Under the new policy, customers who purchase Tango and Tango Plus tickets may check one bag at no charge and a second bag for a $25 service fee. Tango and Tango Plus customers will continue to have the choice of customizing their fare including obtaining a discount when travelling without checked luggage.
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To be honest this is hardly surprising, although somewhat significant since it’s the first non-US carrier to institute this policy, as far as I know. I wouldn’t expect the world class airlines to match this policy, but I think this may be the first step towards second rate international airlines having a similar policy.