OTTAWA (ON), October 14, 2022 /CNW/ – The Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabrathe Minister of Public Security, the Honorable Marco Mendicinoand the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honorable Randy Boissonnaultreleased this update today on the ongoing actions and progress made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce traveler wait times and delays at Canadian airports.
For the week of October 3-9, 2022, 99% of scheduled flights for Canada‘s four major airports have been completed (i.e. not cancelled); a 95 percent improvement for the first week of July.
This percentage is the same as the week of October 7-13, 2019when 99% of flights for the four main airports have been completed.
Of October 3-9, 2022more than 91% of flights from the four major airports departed on time or within an hour of their scheduled departure.
This is a significant improvement from less than 75% for the first week of July and is approaching pre-pandemic levels in October 2019 where 96% of flights were on time or within an hour of scheduled departure.
Aircraft held at Toronto Pearson International Airport
The number of arriving international flights held on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport has dropped dramatically since May. For the week of October 3-9, 20220.6%, or 12 international flight arrivals, took place on the tarmac, compared to a peak of 373 in the first week of May.
Waiting time at passenger security check
Of October 3-9, 2022, 90% of passengers at the four largest airports were screened within 15 minutes by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA); 79% improvement in the first week of July 2022.
CBSA Advance Statement
Travelers are encouraged to use the optional CBSA Advance Declaration to submit their customs and immigration declaration through ArriveCAN to save time at the airport. This optional feature is currently available for travelers arriving at Toronto-Pearson, VancouverMontreal-Trudeau or Winnipeg international airports. In the coming months, this functionality will be available on the Calgary, EdmontonBilly Bishop City of Toronto, OttawaQuebec and Halifax international airports.
Increase headcount for security screening and collaborate with industry partners
Since April, CATSA has hired 2,011 screening officers across Canada. Efforts to increase the number of screening officers at all airports continue.
The Minister of Transport and Transport Canada continue to meet regularly with airports and airlines alongside CATSA, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and NAV CANADA to ensure a safe and efficient travel experience now and in the future.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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