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WestJet to start charging $25 baggage fee

DH Vancouver Staff Nov 04, 2015 12:59 pm

WestJet announced they are going to start charging a $25 baggage fee on all flights to Europe starting January 6, 2016.

The announcement comes in the wake of the release of WestJet’s third quarter results, which the company says turned out “record net earnings” of $101.8 million.

The extra charge will be for all international (non-U.S.) flights that WestJet offers, unless customers opt to purchase certain packages.

In a statement to Vancity Buzz, WestJet spokesperson Robert Palmer said it was in an effort to keep fares low.

“Increasing ancillary revenue allows us to avoid many of the fare increases adopted by our competitors and underscores our user-pay approach to services that allows our guests to purchase only those products or services they want,” he said.

Other fee increases include exit-row seat selections at the time of booking, which will go up by $10-$20 and charges for second, third and fourth bags have gone up to $35, $75, and $100, respectively.

For more information on baggage fee increases at WestJet, click here.

DH Vancouver Staff
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