Canada's Airports Welcome Cargo Security Program

Pledge to work with government to ensure smooth transition for Canadian shippers, a tailored approach for airports and shippers of all profiles

OTTAWA, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council today pledged broad support for the Government of Canada's recently announced cargo security program and pledged to work closely with the federal government to ensure the new program is implemented in a way that meets the unique needs of very different airports and shippers.

"Safety and security are the top priority for all of Canada's airports," said CAC Chairman Bill Restall. "We broadly support the Government of Canada's continued efforts to improve the security of Canada's air cargo. We remain committed to working closely with the government so that Canada's shippers continue to have access to competitive, timely, reliable air shipping solutions."

The government yesterday unveiled a $95.7 million Air Cargo Security Program that will be phased-in over five years. Canada's airports handle about 1.5 million tonnes a year from the nation's largest airports to small, remote communities in Canada's North. At the same time, airports around the country handle cargo in very different ways. Some airports are centers for large express mail operations, others handle mostly containerized commodities and others again have large amounts of live animals and perishable goods.

"Canada is a vast country with a diverse economy," said CAC Security Committee Chair Debbie Ciccotelli, who is director, safety and security at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "Not all cargo operations in Canada are alike. As the government's cargo security program is rolled out nationwide, Canada's airports will seek the flexibility needed to ensure that improving the security of our air cargo still allows for a fast, efficient flow of goods."

About the Canadian Airports Council

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports. Its 50 members represent more than 200 airports, including all of the National Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic passenger traffic. They create in excess of $45 billion in economic activity in the communities they serve. And more than 200,000 jobs are directly associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more than $8 billion annually.

SOURCE Canadian Airports Council

For further information: For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of Communications and Policy, Canadian Airports Council, (613) 884-1344, daniel.gooch@cacairports.ca


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