Mississauga political and business leaders kick off Tourism Week; Call on the federal government to help reduce waiting times at Pearson Airport

MISSISSOGUE, OH, May 30, 2022 /CNW Telbek/ – Mississauga political and business leaders, including the mayor Bonnie CrombieGreater Toronto Airports Authority, Mississauga Tourism Authority and Mississauga The Board of Trade has come together to celebrate Tourism Week and ask the federal government to urgently address the problems causing traveler delays at Canada’s airports.

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Celebrating Tourism Week, Local Leaders Recognize Mississagua and Toronto Pearson as Gateways to Canadaconnecting people from all over the world. Toronto Pearson’s direct global connectivity powers the nation’s economy by spurring local tourism, immigration, investment, jobs and trade.

That’s why the current passenger delays at federal government checkpoints in terminals for domestic and international travelers are particularly challenging right now. From staff shortages to burdensome pandemic policies, the federal government must act quickly to address the problems airports are suffering from.

While local leaders thank the federal government for the recent announcement of important steps in the right direction, including an increase in the number of Canadian Air Transport Security Administration (CATSA) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) screening officers, the additional resources will take weeks. before starting to relieve pressure on the system. However, the following short-term fixes can be implemented immediately and have a significant impact on travelers arriving from overseas:

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Cancellation of mandatory spot testing at the airport


Remove recurring health checks and questions

As businesses are only now emerging from the crisis caused by the pandemic over the past two years, long waiting times and delays in Canada airports are the first impression for many international travelers and contradict the notion that Canada it is a world class place and a place to invest. Current experience on Canada airports is a major impediment to the recovery of business and leisure travel.

International passengers arriving at Toronto Pearson have been forced to wait up to three hours, often on board the aircraft, during peak periods, before going through customs. Last week, 6,000 travelers waited on planes for more than 60 minutes. after arrival and before entering the customs hall. As the summer tourist season approaches without immediate action, waiting times will only increase. Nearly half of all arriving international passengers, or 112,000, experienced some form of delay last week, affecting 12,000 more travelers than the week before. Despite an improvement last week with the addition of more government employees, for passengers departing on a flight, the waiting time to clear security was also staggering, and we continued to wait over 60 minutes during last week’s departure peak hours.

That’s why political and business leaders have gathered today to call on the federal government…

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