(CMR) Passengers traveling between Kingston, Jamaica and Canada will have to fork out more money to pay for additional luggage, as Air Canada is charging CAD$200 for a second bag and $500 for a third piece.
The first piece of checked luggage is only CAD$30; however, the airline, in a bid to reduce the pieces of luggage checked by passengers, has significantly increased prices for additional bags.
The price increase has left travelers furious, with many calling out the airline online for this massive increase which does not apply to other routes.
According to a notice on the airline's website, the new increases took effect on 17 January 2023.
“The reason is that we operate this route with smaller, narrow-body aircraft that have less belly hold space, but customers historically bring more baggage than average. This sometimes resulted in bags being left behind and needing to be delivered later, which among other things, was inconvenient for customers,” Air Canada said in a statement.
The airline said the additional bag fee promotes a “fairer distribution” of available baggage capacity and encourages customers to “pack more conservatively.”
“It was also deemed a better option than simply placing a limit on the number of bags per person in order that those who need to bring additional bags still have the option,” the airline said.