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Average cost of domestic and international airfare jumps

Oct. 31, 2011, Ottawa - The average cost of airfares increased in 2010, mainly due to year-over-year advances in the third and fourth quarters.


October 31, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada reports the average domestic and international one-way airfare (all types) paid by passengers was $243.50 in 2010, up 5.3 per cent from $231.20 in 2009.

The agency attributes the increase largely to a gradual upturn of the global airline industry following the economic downturn of 2009.

The average domestic airfare paid by passengers was $182.50 in 2010, up 5.5 per cent from $173.00 in 2009.

The average international airfare increased 1.7 per cent to $331.80 in 2010 from $326.30 in 2009.

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Despite the increases, StatsCan says domestic and international airfares remained well below pre-downturn levels.