REGINA, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Steven Fletcher,
Minister of State (Transport), announced a new initiative aimed at
making air travel more convenient for Canadians travelling from Regina
International Airport. These screening procedures will enable the
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to reduce wait times
NEXUS members flying from Regina International Airport are now able to
use their NEXUS cards to access a dedicated entrance allowing them to
proceed directly to the front of the screening line resulting in
shorter wait times.
"Our Government is committed to ensuring the security of Canadians
travelling within our borders and abroad while reducing wait times at
screening," said Minister Fletcher. "Canadians are now able to use
their NEXUS card at more airport security checkpoints, including here
at the Regina International Airport, making security screening faster
and more convenient."
Initially introduced at a small number of checkpoints, the program is
now available at 14 major and mid-size airports in Canada. In addition,
since November 15, 2012, NEXUS members travelling within the U.S are
able to use their NEXUS cards for expedited screening at 27
participating airports through the TSA Pre✓™ (pre-check) program.
NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Services Agency/U.S. Customs and Border
Protection program that expedites the border clearance process for
pre-approved, low-risk travellers. Using a NEXUS card at pre-board
security screening is an additional benefit for NEXUS members.
"Cross border and domestic passenger traffic at Regina International
Airport continues to increase annually as the Saskatchewan economy
expands, said Bob Linner, Chairman of Regina Airport Authority's
Board. The introduction of the Nexus line compliments our investment
in the airport facilities to meet the growing demand and enhances
Regina Airport Authority's focus on customer service and safety. We are
very pleased with today's announcement that recognizes the increasing
status of our airport in Canada's aviation network."
For more information on CATSA, visit www.catsa.gc.ca. To apply for NEXUS, visit www.nexus.gc.ca.
CATSA, established in 2002, is a Crown corporation responsible for:
Pre-board screening - the screening of passengers, their carry-on
baggage and their personal belongings;
Hold-baggage screening - the screening of checked baggage;
Non-passenger screening - the screening of non-passengers on a random
Restricted Area Identity Card - the administration of access control to
airport restricted areas through biometric identifiers.
SOURCE: Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Steven Fletcher Minister of State (Transport)