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Committee to question Canada’s transport minister on ongoing airport delays

Click to play video: 'ArriveCAN app praised by transport minister, says it’s ‘helping reduce congestion’' ArriveCAN app praised by transport minister, says it’s ‘helping reduce congestion’
WATCH ABOVE: At a House of Commons committee on Friday about travel delays at Canada’s major airports and border crossings, transport minister Omar Alghabra praised the much-maligned ArriveCAN app saying that it’s “actually helping process arrivals much faster and helping reduce congestion.” – Aug 19, 2022

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra will testify Friday before the House of Commons transport committee on airport and airline delays that have wreaked havoc on travellers over the past several months.

Airlines and airports have been grappling with a surge in customers this summer, compounded by staffing shortages affecting both carriers and federal agencies.

Read more: House of Commons transport committee to investigate Pearson’s airport delays


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‘No evidence’ ArriveCAN app causing ‘any problems’ at borders: transport minister – Aug 19, 2022

It caused widespread flight cancellations, baggage delays and lengthy lineups, particularly at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

The transport committee voted unanimously last week to hold a hearing on the delays and invite Alghabra to testify.

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Charest takes aim at Canadian airport chaos with ‘luggage’ quip – Aug 3, 2022

Alghabra, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, will appear via video conference.

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Transport Canada says in a recent statement that it has been working with industry partners to improve conditions at airports and cited fewer cancellations and delays in the first week of August compared with a month ago.
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Fewer flight delays, shorter wait times for baggage at Pearson, GTAA says – Aug 5, 2022

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