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Canadians paying more for air travel


Taking a flight continues to hit Canadians where it hurts - in the wallet.

Statistics Canada data released Thursday showed the average price of a flight rose from $234.80 in the second quarter of 2010 to $248.60 a year later.

For travellers staying in the country, the average cost climbed from $179.10 in 2010 to $195.80 in 2011.

Those heading abroad, however, saw a slight decrease in ticket prices, with the average international airfare dipping to $318.30 from $319.40 in 2010.

Toronto travellers pay the most for tickets, averaging $221.60 for a flight, up 11 per cent from 2010.

The numbers come from StatsCan's Fare Basis Survey, which covers the Air Canada Family, Air Transat and WestJet.

Smaller airlines like Porter and Air North are left out of the survey because they are not Level 1 carriers, which transport at least $2 million revenue passengers or at least 400,000 tonnes of cargo.