Minister Day launches NEXUS program and announces expansion of services at Halifax Stanfield International Airport



    HALIFAX, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Safety, the
Honourable Stockwell Day, and U.S. Consul General Harold D. Foster today
announced the opening of NEXUS kiosks at Halifax Robert L. Stanfield
International Airport.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to announce that Halifax Robert L.
Stanfield International Airport is now accepting NEXUS members," said Minister
Day. "The NEXUS card not only serves as a secure alternative to a passport
under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative for travel by air, but
allows NEXUS members to be expedited through the Canadian and U.S. border
clearance processes."
    "We are pleased to be joining our Canadian partners," said U.S. Consul
General Foster, who represented U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the
event. "The NEXUS program offers tremendous benefits to border officials and
travellers. This program encourages travel between our countries, and we look
forward to continuing to expand in the coming months."
    Airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa already operate
kiosks for over 130,000 NEXUS members, and the program is expected to begin
operating soon in three more cities: Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
    "Halifax Stanfield's international reputation for superior customer
service will be even further enhanced with NEXUS," said Eleanor Humphries,
President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. "NEXUS
allows for the secure, efficient movement of passengers and having this new
service at the Airport will make Halifax an even more desirable place to visit
and do business."
    NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk,
pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States. In the air mode,
NEXUS uses non-invasive iris recognition technology to identify the traveller
and verify his or her membership in the program. NEXUS members can also use
their cards to enter the United States in the land and marine modes.
    Today Minister Day also announced that 24/7 border services have been
available at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport since April
1, 2007, making customs and immigration screening available to passengers and
their luggage at any time day or night.
    "The Halifax International Airport is a key part of Nova Scotia's
economy, and travellers across the province will now be able to enjoy the
benefits of the NEXUS program and 24/7 border services," said the Honourable
Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency.

    For more information, please visit the NEXUS Web site at www.nexus.gc.ca
or call 1-866-NEXUS-26.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Mélisa Leclerc, Director of
Communications, Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public
Safety, (613) 991-2863; Laurie Gillmore, Manager, Media Relations, Canada
Border Services Agency, (902) 426-0900


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