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Fourth quarter 2010 (Previous release)

The average domestic and international air fare (all types) rose from $229.20 during the fourth quarter of 2009 to $245.00 in the same quarter of 2010, an increase of 6.9%. This marked the fourth consecutive year-over-year quarterly advance.

The average domestic air fare (all types) paid by passengers was $190.30 in the fourth quarter, up 8.2% from $175.80 reported during the same quarter of 2009. During the same period, the total average international air fare increased by 2.5% to $326.10.

Average domestic air fares also climbed across all of the selected Canadian cities of enplanement in the fourth quarter. Toronto posted the highest average domestic air fare at $218.20, followed by Ottawa ($204.40), Vancouver ($202.70) and Montréal ($197.80). These four major cities of enplanement, as well as Winnipeg, reported average domestic air fares above the national average. In the fourth quarter, year-over-year air fare increases ranged from 2.6% in Ottawa to 11.9% in Vancouver.

Note: Average air fares are calculated for each flight stage. When the passenger boards the aircraft at one airport and departs the aircraft at another airport, this is considered a flight stage.

The Fare Basis Survey covers Air Canada, Jazz, Air Canada's Canadian regional code-share partners, Air Transat and WestJet.

Available on CANSIM: tables 401-0003, 401-0041 and 401-0042.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2708.

Data tables are available from the Key resource module of our website under Summary tables.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-500-8400; fax: 613-951-0009;, Transportation Division.