WINNIPEG, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Safety, the
Honourable Stockwell Day, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Port
Director Michael Schumacher today announced the opening of NEXUS kiosks at
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
"Canada's New Government is proud to announce that Winnipeg
James Armstrong Richardson 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 move quickly through the
Canadian and U.S. border clearance processes."
"We are pleased to be joining our Canadian partners to continue expanding
this program," said Mr. Schumacher. "The expansion of NEXUS, as well as the
recent launch of a new online application, make NEXUS an excellent option for
eligible travelers. The bi-national commitment also underscores the strong
desire by both countries to encourage cross-border travel."
Airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Halifax and Calgary
already operate kiosks for over 130,000 NEXUS members, and the program is
expected to begin operating soon in one more city - Edmonton.
"We are pleased to welcome the NEXUS program to our community," said
Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
"Membership in NEXUS will provide passengers travelling to and from Canada and
the United States with convenience and we are pleased to offer this service
within the air terminal building."
In the air mode, NEXUS uses 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 by land and sea.
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; Loretta Nyhus, Canada Border Services Agency, Media
Relations, (204) 984-0261