The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Well being, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Public Security, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, and the Minister of Tourism and Affiliate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, issued this replace as we speak on the continued motion and progress being made by the Authorities of Canada and business companions to scale back traveller wait instances and delays throughout Canadian airports.
- For the week of September 19-25, 2022, 97 % of flights deliberate for Canada’s high 4 airports have been accomplished (i.e., not cancelled), an enchancment from 95 % for the primary week of July.
- This proportion may be very near the week of September 23-29, 2019, when 98 % of flights for the highest 4 airports have been accomplished.
- From September 19-25, 2022, over 90 % of flights from the highest 4 airports left on time, or inside one hour of their scheduled departure.
- This can be a important enchancment from underneath 75 % for the primary week of July and is approaching the pre-pandemic ranges in September 2019 the place 95 % of flights have been on time, or inside an hour of scheduled departure.
Holding of plane at Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport
- The variety of arriving worldwide flights being held on the tarmac at Toronto-Pearson Worldwide Airport has decreased dramatically since Might.
- For the week of September 19-25, 2022, 1.2 %, or 25 worldwide flight arrivals, have been held on the tarmac, as in comparison with the height of 373 through the first week of Might.
Passenger safety screening wait instances
- From September 19-25, 2022, 91 % of passengers on the 4 largest airports have been screened inside quarter-hour by CATSA, an enchancment from 79 % through the first week of July 2022.
- Toronto-Pearson Worldwide Airport: 94 % (99 % in 2019)
- Vancouver Worldwide Airport: 91 % (90 % in 2019)
- Montréal-Trudeau Worldwide Airport: 94 % (98 % in 2019)
- Calgary Worldwide Airport: 81 % (86 % in 2019)
Pandemic measures within the transportation business
On September 26, Ministers introduced the removing of all remaining COVID-19 entry restrictions for air, rail, and marine operators and travellers. As of October 1, 2022:
- Travellers will now not be required to bear well being checks for journey by air and rail
- Travellers will now not be required to put on a masks for journey on planes and trains, although it’s strongly beneficial to assist stop the unfold of COVID-19
- Passengers and crew onboard cruise ships will now not be topic to vaccine necessities or testing earlier than they board a vessel
- Airways will now not must evaluate the vaccination standing of overseas nationals or verify travellers have submitted the required info in ArriveCAN
- Airways will now not want to make sure compliance with pre-entry testing necessities
- Testing, quarantine, and isolation necessities for anybody coming into Canada is now not required, together with necessary random testing.
CBSA advance declaration
- Travellers are nonetheless inspired to submit their CBSA customs and immigration declaration info by ArriveCAN to save lots of time on the border or at airport customs halls. This non-obligatory characteristic is at the moment accessible to travellers arriving at Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, or Montréal-Trudeau worldwide airports.
- Within the coming months, this characteristic may also turn into accessible to travellers arriving on the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Billy Bishop Toronto Metropolis, Ottawa, Québec Metropolis and Halifax worldwide airports.
Rising staffing for safety screening and collaborating with business companions
- Since April, the Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority (CATSA) has employed 2,004 screening officers throughout Canada. Efforts to extend screening officer employees ranges in any respect airports proceed.
- The Minister of Transport and Transport Canada proceed to satisfy repeatedly with airports and airways alongside CATSA, the Public Well being Company of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Providers Company (CBSA) and NAV CANADA to seek out options and tackle congestion.
Cell Passport Management (MPC) cellular app expands to incorporate Canadian preclearance areas
- U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) introduced final month that the Cell Passport Management (MPC) cellular app was expanded to incorporate Montréal-Trudeau Worldwide Airport and Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport Preclearance areas.
- The MPC cellular app, accessible to U.S residents and Canadians visiting the U.S that possess a enterprise or tourism visa, permits travellers to submit and retailer their passport and journey info on their cellular machine so will probably be available for future worldwide journey – leading to much less congestion and extra environment friendly processing.
Continued motion to advance the rights of travellers
In Canada, airways should observe the necessities of the Air Passenger Safety Laws, which define, amongst different obligations, compensation necessities for passengers for flight disruptions as a result of incidents inside an airline’s management.
On September 8, 2022, new laws got here into impact to make sure passengers are provided the choice of a refund for flights which might be cancelled, or the place there’s a prolonged delay, as a result of causes outdoors of an air provider’s management (comparable to main climate occasions, or a pandemic) the place it isn’t attainable for the airline to finish the passenger’s itinerary inside an inexpensive timeframe.
These new guidelines are enforced by the Canadian Transportation Company (CTA), which is Canada’s impartial, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator of the nationwide transportation system, with the powers of a superior court docket. Extra sources of $11 million have been offered by Funds 2022 to help the CTA in fulfilling their mandate as passenger journey volumes proceed to rise.