Air Canada's proposal to discontinue the carriage of small animals as checked baggage effective July 15, 2007 found unreasonable by the Canadian Transport Agency (CTA)
OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency has disallowed Air Canada's proposed tariff revisions which would have terminated the carriage of animals and their kennels weighing less than 70 lbs as checked baggage on both domestic and international flights.
In its Decision No. 155-C-A-2008, the Agency found that the proposed revisions were unreasonable since an imbalance existed between the interests of Air Canada and consumers by giving only advantages to the carrier while exposing pet owners to many significant disadvantages.
Air Canada has until May 5, 2008, to amend its domestic tariff to allow for the carriage of animals and their kennels weighing less than 70 lbs as checked baggage. As for international flights, the Agency had already suspended, in July 2007, the carrier's proposed revision, and is now confirming its disallowance.
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal which operates like a court. It regulates various modes of transportation under Government of Canada jurisdiction, including air, marine and rail. Its decision-making process is governed by the rules of fairness and natural justice to ensure that all parties in a complaint receive equitable treatment.
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