Why does Air Canada charge more for extra baggage to Kingston, Jamaica?

Why does Air Canada charge more for extra baggage to Kingston, Jamaica?

Some wonder why Air Canada seems to charge hundreds more for extra checked baggage for this one particular Caribbean destination than for others.

A CP24 reader sent a screenshot of Air Canada’s checked baggage policy to Kingston, Jamaica.

Online, it shows that a traveler from Toronto Pearson International Airport will have to pay $30 for their first checked bag, $200 for their second checked bag, and $500 for each additional additional bag they want to fly into Kingston with.

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Compared to other Caribbean countries such as the Dominican Republic and Cuba, travelers pay $50 for their second checked bag and $225 for each additional checked bag after that.

The price difference also received some attention on Twitter, when a user compared Kingston’s exorbitant prices to those of Guangzhou, Delhi and Tel Aviv. The tweet has been viewed more than 155,000 times at the time of publication.

noted Air Canada on Twitter that its service to Kingston is typically operated through its recreational Air Canada Rouge service.

In an emailed statement, Air Canada added that it operates this route with smaller aircraft that have less cargo space for customers to stow checked baggage.

As of Jan. 17, the airline said it has changed its baggage fees for flights between Kingston and Canada and the United States.

“We have adjusted our cost structure for our flights to Kingston, Jamaica by increasing the excess baggage fee,” an Air Canada spokesperson confirmed in an email to CTV News Toronto.

While the flights are operated by narrower aircraft, Air Canada says customers “historically carry more luggage than average” on these trips.

“This sometimes led to bags being left behind and having to be delivered later, which was inconvenient for customers, among other things,” the emailed statement read.

“The additional baggage allowance is intended to promote a fairer distribution of available baggage capacity and encourage customers to pack more conservatively. It was also deemed a better option than simply limiting the number of bags per person so that those who need to bring extra bags still have the option.”

The airline recently made headlines for how it reportedly handled this newlywed couple’s lost luggage.

After waiting four-and-a-half months to get their lost briefcase back, Nakita Rees had been informed by Toronto police that a charitable organization had legally acquired the bag after Air Canada reportedly donated it.

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