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Canada's airport performance comparable to 2019

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  •   08-19-2022  8:37 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Canada's airport performance comparable to 2019
Ministers Jean-Yves Duclos, Omar Alghabra, Marco Mendicino and Randy Boissonnault.
Pax Global Media

Transport Canada reports that Canada's four major airports are performing closer to what they were at the same time in 2019.

This is what Ministers Omar Alghabra (Transport), Jean-Yves Duclos (Health), Marco Mendicino (Public Safety), and Randy Boissonnault (Tourism) put forward in their update published yesterday (August 18) on passenger wait times at Canadian airports.

Flight completions: “almost the same as in 2019”

For the week of August 8-14, 2022, 98 per cent of flights scheduled at Canada’s four major airports were completed (i.e. not cancelled).

“This is almost the same as in 2019, when 99 per cent of flights scheduled at the four major airports were completed during the week of August 12 to 18,” the ministers said.

This is also a slight improvement from the first week of July 2022, when 95 per cent of flights were not cancelled.

On-time performance: “almost the same as before the pandemic”

From August 8 to 14, 2022, more than 86 per cent of flights departing from the four major airports departed on time, or less than an hour after their scheduled departure.

“This rate is almost the same as it was before the pandemic in August 2019, when 92 per cent of flights were on time, or less than an hour after their scheduled departure,” reported the ministers.

This is also an improvement from the first week of July 2022, when less than 75% of flights departed on time, or less than an hour after their scheduled departure.

Security screening wait times

In terms of passenger safety screening wait times, the latest Transport Canada data indicate that pre-pandemic standards are returning.

From August 8 to 14, 2022, 87 per cent of passengers at the four major airports were screened within 15 minutes by CATSA (compared to 79 per cent in the first week of July).

Specifically, in Montreal-Trudeau, 90 per cent of passengers were screened within 15 minutes during that period. This compares to 97 per cent in 2019.

Toronto Pearson: 87 per cent of passengers were screened within 15 minutes that week (95 per cent in 2019).

At Vancouver Airport, the rate of controlled passengers in 15 minutes or less was the same in 2022 as in 2019 (85 per cent).

And in Calgary, CATSA even managed to screen more passengers in less than 15 minutes than before the pandemic: 89 per cent in 2022 versus 87 per cent in 2019.



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