Members of the House of Commons Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee are due to meet on Monday to discuss a request by four committee members to launch a study into airport delays and flight cancellations.
The House of Commons is not expected to resume until the end of September, but if at least four members of a committee from at least two different political parties request a meeting, one can be called.
Flight cancellations and significant delays for travellers, particularly at Toronto’s Pearson airport, have been going on for months. In July, it was ranked the worst airport in the world for flight delays, according to data from flight tracking site FlightAware, compiled for CNN Travel.
The head of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) provided an update Friday on “incremental progress” in reducing wait times and cancellations.
GTAA President and CEO Deborah Flint said wait times to clear security, customs and baggage claim are decreasing and the situation is “slowly improving.”
“While there is indeed still a long way to go, these efforts are bringing improvements,” Flint said. She added that while reduced wait times may be marginal, they are also measurable.
Flint said the number of on-time flights rose from just 35% a few weeks ago to 44% on Friday. She also said data from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority shows that 82% of passengers are currently screened within 15 minutes.
A press release issued on Wednesday on behalf of the ministers of transport, health, public safety and tourism said the federal government is meeting regularly with airports and airlines to find solutions, as well as to hire more staff. and making improvements to the much-criticised ArriveCan app, to deal with airport delays.
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