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Air fares, first quarter 2018

Released: 2018-09-28

Air fares, average base fare

$232.40

First quarter 2018

3.6% increase

(year-over-year change)

Base air fares in Canada, domestic and international combined, averaged $232.40 in the first quarter, up 3.6% from the same quarter of 2017 and continuing the upward trend that began in the second quarter of 2017.

Base fares do not include the goods and services tax, air transportation taxes or user fees, such as airport improvement fees or fuel surcharges. Average air fares are calculated for each flight stage, that is, when the passenger boards the aircraft at one airport and departs the aircraft at another airport.

The average domestic fare was unchanged at $163.50 in the first quarter compared with the same quarter in 2017, while the average international fare rose 3.2% to $287.70.

Average domestic fares increased in 5 of the 10 selected cities where the passenger boarded the plane (enplanement). Increases ranged from 0.1% in Saskatoon to 9.4% in Ottawa, while Regina (-4.1%), Edmonton (-2.9%) and Winnipeg (-2.0%) posted the largest declines.

Toronto ($196.00) remained the city with the highest average domestic air fare, followed by Vancouver ($188.30) and Winnipeg ($167.50). These three cities as well as Montréal ($164.20) recorded average domestic fares above the national average. Meanwhile, Saskatoon ($135.50) posted the lowest average domestic air fare.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Average domestic and international air fares
Average domestic and international air fares

Chart 2  Chart 2: Average domestic air fares for 10 major Canadian cities
Average domestic air fares for 10 major Canadian cities


  Note to readers

Average air fares are base fares and do not include the goods and services tax, air transportation taxes or user fees, such as airport improvement fees or fuel surcharges. All fares in this release are base fares.

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 (including Air Canada rouge, Jazz, Air Canada's Canadian regional code-share partners), Air Transat and WestJet.

The data in this quarterly release are not seasonally adjusted.

The Fare Basis Survey is being redesigned.

Contact information

For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

For more information on the current definitions, data sources and methods of the Fare Basis Survey, click on the Related information tab of this release. Readers who wish to know more, or to consult with Statistics Canada about the redesign of this survey, can contact (statcan.transportationstats-statistiquesdutransport.statcan@canada.ca).

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