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Transport Canada Releases New Plan To Reduce Wait Times And Delays For Air Travellers
Transport Canada has released a new plan to reduce wait times and delays for air travellers. The plan includes some measures to improve the efficiency of the air traffic control system, and to streamline the process for airlines to file flight plans.
On July 22, 2022, Transport Canada published a statement regarding the work done on reducing wait times and delays for air travellers. The federal and provincial authorities are working to overcome bottlenecks at airports and airlines of all sizes across the country.
On July 21, the transport minister Omar Alghabra met with airport executives in Edmonton to discuss remedies for congestion and delays. The Minister also had similar meetings with officials from the Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George airports in British Columbia.
As of July 19, 2022, random testing for those who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers resumed at Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montréal-Trudeau airports. Testing for all air travellers arriving in Canada, both those who qualify as fully vaccinated and partially or unvaccinated people, is now being completed outside of airports. Mandatory random testing is not taking place at airports.
All air travellers required to undergo on-arrival testing will receive an email within 15 minutes of completing their CBSA primary processing. The email contains information to help them arrange for their test with a testing provider in their region.
Although staffing numbers have increased, the situation remains difficult. CBSA is still working tirelessly to improve the situation. Also, contributions from the public are essential to helping the government provide the best possible service.
The Advance CBSA Declaration feature in ArriveCAN allows travellers to submit their customs and immigration declaration in advance of arrival, saving time at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, and later this month at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. The “saved traveller” feature enables users to save their travel documents and proof of vaccination information for future trips.
The Canadian Transportation Agency has developed a new resource to assist passengers experiencing difficulties during travel. This guide provides responses to common travel questions and outlines passengers' rights under the Air Passenger Protection Regulations in the event of flight delays or cancellations, lost, damaged, or delayed baggage.
In conclusion, Transport Canada has released a new plan to reduce wait times and delays for air travellers. The plan includes measures to improve airport capacity and efficiency, reduce congestion, and improve the flow of traffic. For more information on how to immigrate to Canada or visit Canada, please contact us at Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services.