Long waits at major Canadian airports could be a thing of the past in a few weeks, according to the Minister of Tourism.
In May, many travelers denounced the interminable wait times at major airports in Canada, particularly near Pearson airport in Toronto.
However, the situation could improve in the coming weeks. “I don't want Canadians and travelers to line up. [...] This summer, I want to make sure that people keep a good memory of their trip once at the airport, and not that they leave with a negative experience, ”the minister told CTV News. of Tourism Canada, Randy Boissonnault.
This one wanted to reassure the population; the federal government is making this problem a priority and the situation could be resolved soon enough.
Moreover, in a statement released Wednesday, Ottawa said that recent improvements in airports were already beginning to bear fruit. At Pearson, Toronto and Vancouver International Airport, for example, only 3% of travelers waited more than 30 minutes in line.
The temporary suspension of random tests to detect COVID-19 in people vaccinated between June 11 and 30 will inevitably contribute to reducing the waiting time. Beginning in July, all testing, including for unvaccinated travellers, will be conducted offsite.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the impact of significant wait times at some Canadian airports on travellers. We continue to work with airports, airlines, baggage handlers and other partners to implement solutions to reduce delays as the peak summer season approaches. tourism.