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Air fares, first quarter 2014

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Released: 2015-05-21

Domestic and international air fares combined averaged $242.30 in the first quarter of 2014, down 2.7% from the same quarter of 2013. This marked the second decline following two consecutive year-over-year quarterly advances. The average domestic fare was $179.10, down 7.9% from the same quarter a year earlier, while the average international fare rose 1.1% to $307.20.

Average domestic fares decreased in all 10 selected Canadian cities of enplanement, with Saskatoon (-11.3%), Halifax (-11.1%), Ottawa (-10.7%) and Regina (-10.5%) recording the largest decreases.

In the first quarter of 2014, the average domestic fare in Toronto ($207.40) remained the highest among the major cities, as it has since the second quarter of 2010. Vancouver ($193.30) and Winnipeg ($187.40) also reported average domestic air fares above the national average.

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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. Average air fares are base fares and they do not include the Goods and Services Tax, air transportation taxes or user fees such as airport improvement fees or fuel surcharges.

The Fare Basis Survey covers Air Canada (including Air Canada rouge beginning in July 2013), Jazz, Air Canada's Canadian regional code-share partners, Air Transat and WestJet.

The data in this quarterly release are not seasonally adjusted.

Summary tables are also available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Summary tables.

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