Order No. 2002-P-A-315

August 8, 2002

August 8, 2002

IN THE MATTER OF a complaint by Christian Riegel concerning the $651.50 fare and the range of fares offered by Air Canada on August 17, 2000 on the Regina-Toronto route - Decision No. 647-P-A-2001 dated December 12, 2001.

File No. M4370/A74/00-343


In its Decision No. 647-P-A-2001 dated December 12, 2001, the Canadian Transportation Agency (hereinafter the Agency) determined that the $651.50 fare (comprised of half of the QHCANADA fare and half of the LH7NITE fare) published or offered by Air Canada in respect of its service between Regina and Toronto on or about August 17, 2000 was unreasonable. The Agency also determined that the range of fares offered by Air Canada in respect of its service between the two points on or about August 17, 2000 was inadequate. As a result, the Agency could have, pursuant to paragraph 66(1)(b) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10 (hereinafter the CTA) directed Air Canada to amend its tariff by reducing the LH7NITE fare offered in respect of its service between Regina and Toronto. The Agency could also have, pursuant to subsection 66(2) of the CTA, directed Air Canada to publish and apply in respect of its service between Regina and Toronto an additional fare which would have had the effect of increasing the range of fares it offers on the route.

In that same Decision, the Agency decided that, as a consequence of the revisions made by Air Canada to the fares that it offered for travel on the Regina-Toronto route since the date on which the complaint was filed, the Agency would not, at that time, direct Air Canada to amend its tariff in the manner identified above. However, in accordance with paragraph 66(7)(a) of the CTA, Air Canada was required to keep the Agency informed of all changes or modifications to its existing tariffs in respect of its service between Regina and Toronto as they occurred for a period up to and including July 4, 2002, the period within which the Agency was authorized to make a finding under subsection 66(1) or (2) of the CTA on its own motion.

Pursuant to Privy Council Order No. P.C. 2002-1169 dated 4 July, 2002, the Governor in Council extended until July 5, 2004 the period within which the Agency may, on its own motion, make a finding under subsection 66(1) or (2) of the CTA.

Accordingly, the Agency considers it appropriate to similarly extend the period within which Air Canada is required to keep the Agency informed of all changes or modifications to its existing tariffs in respect of its service between Regina and Toronto as they occur. Therefore, the Agency, pursuant to section 8 of the National Transportation Agency General Rules, SOR/88-23, hereby extends the period within which Air Canada is required to keep the Agency informed of all changes or modifications to its existing tariffs in respect of its service between Regina and Toronto as they occur for a period up to and including July 5, 2004.

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