OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Starting tomorrow, NEXUS members flying to
the United States will be able to use NEXUS cards in designated
security lines for pre-board screening at airports for faster service.
This announcement, made by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, follows the recent Action
Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness announced by
Prime Minister Harper and United States President Obama.
"This change will make air travel from Canada to the United States more
convenient, while maintaining a high level of aviation security," said
Minister Lebel. "I encourage Canadians to apply for a NEXUS card to
experience the travel benefits it provides."
NEXUS members travelling to the United States will be able to use valid
NEXUS cards for faster screening by the Canadian Air Transport Security
Authority (CATSA) at Canada's eight largest airports (Halifax,
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver).
Designated security screening lines currently in operation at select
domestic and international checkpoints will be open to passengers
flying to the United States.
NEXUS is a binational Canada-United States program for pre-approved,
low-risk travellers entering Canada and the United States at designated
air, land and marine ports of entry. When travelling by air, NEXUS
speeds up border clearance by offering members expedited passage by
using self-serve kiosks. The designated security screening lines for
NEXUS members travelling domestically and now to the United States are
implemented by CATSA and Transport Canada in cooperation with the
Canada Border Services Agency, the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
To apply for NEXUS, visit www.nexus.gc.ca.
Air Industry Supports NEXUS Program
"The NEXUS lanes opening tomorrow improve efficiencies for Canadian
travellers," said Cam Kenyon, WestJet executive vice-president,
Operations. "As more and more people take to the skies, we fully
support public policy initiatives that allow our guests to travel with
ease. We only have to look at the record number of guests travelling
today to see how much the travelling public and the economy will
benefit from improvements to how we move people through airports."
"Air Canada congratulates the federal government for the action it is
taking with respect to air travel under Beyond the Border by expanding
the NEXUS trusted traveller program. This measure advances the twin
goals of improving security while at the same time streamlining border
clearance processes," said Duncan Dee, executive vice-president and
chief operating officer at Air Canada. "As the largest airline in the
trans-border market, Air Canada has a vital interest in making the flow
of traffic between Canada and the U.S. as easy and secure as possible.
We applaud such initiatives by the Canadian and U.S. governments, and
encourage them to continue building a border for the 21st century."
Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA)
"We applaud Prime Minister Harper and President Obama for their
leadership in making border issues a priority. One of the key elements
to the competitiveness of Toronto Pearson International Airport is its
ability to securely and efficiently move passengers through our
terminals to destinations in the United States and beyond," said Lloyd
McCoomb, president and chief executive officer of the GTAA. "This plan
will lay the groundwork for improved service for our guests and
economic growth for the Greater Toronto Area."
Ottawa Airport Authority
"The Ottawa International Airport is pleased to be one of the first
Canadian airports to offer a priority lane to NEXUS members who are
travelling to the United States," said Paul Benoit, Airport Authority
president and chief executive officer. "The priority lane for
domestic/international passengers has been in place for the better part
of a year, and it has proven itself to be a successful means of
expediting the pre-board screening process for travellers who meet the
trusted traveller criteria."
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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