CALGARY, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for
Oxford, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell
Day, and U.S. Consul General Tom Huffaker today announced the opening of NEXUS
kiosks at Calgary International Airport.
"Canada's New Government is proud to announce that Calgary International
Airport is now accepting NEXUS members," said Mr. MacKenzie. "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 U.S. Consul General Thomas Huffaker, who represented U.S.
Customs and Border Protection at the event. "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 and Halifax already
operate kiosks for over 130,000 NEXUS members, and the program is expected to
begin operating soon in two more cities: Edmonton and Winnipeg.
"I am pleased to welcome the NEXUS program to Calgary International
Airport," said Peter Wallis, Chairman of the Calgary Airport Authority. "As
one of Canada's fastest growing airports, this new service is another great
addition to our many innovative and customer-focused programs."
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.
Applicants can now apply for a membership electronically, through the
Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).
As well, NEXUS application forms are now available at Canada Post outlets
across the country.
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; Lisa White, Canada Border Services Agency, Media
Relations, (403) 292-4011