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Members of the House of Commons Transport, Infrastructure and Community Committee are due to meet on Monday to discuss requests from committee members to launch a study on airport delays and flight cancellations.
The House of Commons is not set for a reopening until the end of September, but if at least four members of the committee from at least two different political parties call for a meeting, one can be called. In this case, all six opposition members of the committee – representing the Conservatives, the NDP and the Bloc Québécois – called for a meeting.
Flight cancellations and significant delays for passengers, especially at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, have been going on for months. In July, it was ranked the world’s worst airport for flight delays, according to data from flight tracking site FlightAware, compiled for CNN Travel.
Conservative Transport said, “During the height of our travel season, the government has refused to listen to advocates, front-line workers and ordinary Canadians to improve common sense in our nation’s airports and their Continuous measures have been taken forward.” Critic and committee vice chairman Melissa Lantsman in an email to CTVNews.ca on Friday. “There has been no meaningful improvement and our reputation is being tarnished globally.”
Lantsman said opposition members of the committee want Transport Minister Omar Alghbra to explain the reason for the delay in ensuring Canadians “get the level of service they deserve” during travel.
The head of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) gave an update Friday on “incremental progress” in reducing wait times and cancellations.
GTAA President and CEO Deborah Flint said wait times for security, customs and baggage collection are decreasing, and the situation is “gradually improving.”
“While there really is still a long way to go, these efforts are improving,” Flint said. While the short wait times can be modest, she said, they are also measurable.
Flint said the number of flights increased from just 35 percent a few weeks ago to 44 percent as of Friday. He also said that data from the Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority shows that 82 percent of passengers are currently being screened in less than 15 minutes.
The federal government is meeting regularly with airports and airlines to find solutions, as well as putting more employees to work, a press release issued Wednesday by ministers for transportation, health, public safety and tourism said. Working to maintain and improve. -The app was criticized for causing airport delays.