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Federal Government Behind High Airfares: WestJet CEO

Federal Government Behind High Airfares: WestJet CEO

WestJet’s CEO says federal regulations are raising costs for airlines and, ultimately, passengers.

Alexis von Hoensbroech says air travel is essential and people deserve low fares, but federal regulations are “completely failing” in that regard.

He says that every six months the federal government imposes a new “additional burden” on airlines.

Von Hoensbroech points to regulations on flight delays as an example.

Currently, federal regulations state that if there is a flight delay within the airline’s control, it is not safety-related and results in people arriving late more than three hours, they must compensate them between $400 and $1,000 depending on the situation.

He says they can be required to give the passenger $1,000 when their ticket only costs $300. He says those costs, in turn, drive up ticket prices. Von Hoensbroech asked the federal minister for an “opt-out” option for passengers, but he was not interested.