TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – Following the Beyond the Border announcement made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this month, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that traveling to the United States (U.S.) by air will be easier for Canadian travelers.
The announcement was made at seven airports across Canada. Events were also hosted by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities, at the Bagotville Airport in La Baie; the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), in Winnipeg; the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in Vancouver; and Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North in Calgary. Also participating were Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities, and for the Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario, in Ottawa; and Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, in Halifax.
“The Harper government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth, and good news for consumers is good news for our economy,” said Minister Oliver. “By the time spring break is upon us, it will be easier for air travelers to fly to the United States.”
Passengers traveling to the U.S. will soon be able to use NEXUS cards to expedite screening at Canada’s eight largest airports (Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver) using dedicated screening lines. The Government of Canada will work closely with airport authorities to fully offer this service beginning in February 2012. NEXUS lines are already operating at all eight major international Canadian airports at domestic and select international checkpoints.
In addition, travelers will also benefit from the elimination of duplicate baggage screening over the next three years. This means that passengers flying from Canadian airports with U.S. pre-clearance facilities will no longer have their baggage screened once on departure from Canada and again at the connecting U.S. airport. This change will make connections through U.S. cities easier and reduces the risk of bags missing connecting flights. These changes will make air travel more convenient between the two countries while maintaining a high level of aviation security.
“Currently, passengers flying from Canadian airports have their bags screened once on departure from Canada and again at the connecting U.S. airport. This results in delays missed connections and increased costs for airlines and airports,” added Minister Oliver. “Soon, Canadians will be able to book tighter connections while traveling to U.S. cities and have a better chance of getting their bags on the same connecting flight.”
NEXUS is a binational Canada-U.S. program for pre-approved, low-risk travelers into Canada and the U.S. at designated air, land and marine ports of entry. When traveling by air, NEXUS expedites border clearance by enabling members to enter either country quickly and easily by using self-service kiosks. The expedited pre-board screening lines for NEXUS members traveling to the U.S. is an initiative being implemented by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and Transport Canada in cooperation with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
For more information, visit http://www.nexus.gc.ca or call 1-866-NEXUS-26 (1-866-639-8726).
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