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Higher Airfares for Canadian Travellers

A Statistics Canada report reveals that Canadians are paying higher prices for airfare.  Last year the average ticket price was $234.80 and at the same time this year the average price is $248.60.  These fees do not include GST or other taxes or fees.  The price increase is hitting those who travel within Canada.  Average prices for domestic flights rose from $179.10 in 2010 to $195.80 in 2011.  However, international flights actually decreased in average price, from  $319.40 in 2010 to $318.30 in 2011.

Jennifer Sanford, a spokesperson for WestJet, said that they increased their prices five times in 2011 due to the rising cost of fuel.  Peter Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for Air Canada, also said that the state of the economy and rising fuel costs were reasons for increases in their ticket prices.  The prices of tickets for domestic flights is also dependent the city from which people are flying.  Those flying from Toronto are going to be paying the highest prices at an average of $221.60.

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