Last month, Air Canada announced that it would be banning all pets from their passenger planes effective July 15. They decided to stop transporting pets in the cargo hold because of limited luggage space. Last September, the airline discontinued pets from being in the cabin due to passengers’ allergies. The airline said that they would continue to transport pets on separate cargo planes.
Now, the Canadian Transportation Agency has suspended Air Canada’s application to stop transporting pets as checked baggage on international flights. They will hold hearings to decide whether the policy will actually be approved. The agency will be determining if the policy is just, reasonable and not unduly discriminatory.
The agency has no jurisdiction over domestic flights. This means that Air Canada’s ban on pets will be effective on domestic flights beginning July 15.
This suspension follows after a complaint from a man that said that policy would cause considerable inconvenience to those traveling with pets. He also stated that the change in policy would increase his costs.
â€œThe fee I would be charged would more than double from the current $105 to $220 each way for my 6 kg. dog,â€ wrote Peter T. Griffiths. â€œIt is very clear the sole purpose of this decision is the financial gain in the very lucrative air cargo market.â€
Under provisions of the Air Transportation Regulations, the agency can suspend carrier policy for international and transborder flights into the United States, while it investigates the complaint. It has no jurisdiction on domestic flight policy, so Air Canada is free to ban pets from its Canadian flights, beginning July 15.
â€œWe understand (the policy) may be an inconvenience,â€ said Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur. â€œBut (passengers) do still have the ability to use our cargo services.â€
Air Canada has 30 days to submit evidence to support its policy proposal and the complainant will have 10 days to respond.
The agency has 120 days from the time of the complaint to determine whether the policy is just, reasonable and not unduly discriminatory.