Money on the way from Ottawa to benefit travellers at Pearson Airport in Mississauga


Published March 14, 2023 at 9:02 am

Pearson Airport in Mississauga

The federal government is promising to deliver cash it says will benefit frustrated air passengers at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, who’s also MP for Mississauga Centre, will make an announcement later this morning (March 14) at Pearson, where details of the funding are to be revealed.

Mississauga–Streetsville MP Rechie Valdez and Brampton Centre MP Shafqat Ali will also be in attendance for the announcement inside Terminal 1.

The funding news comes just days after one of the busiest travel days of the year at Pearson as tens of thousands of travellers jetted out of town last Friday for March break.

For much of 2022, particularly the busy summer season and Christmas travel rush, chaos, at times, plagued Pearson and other airports across the country as travellers dealt with delayed/cancelled flights, long lineups inside terminals and lost or delayed luggage.

Airport officials have said they’re confident the troubles are behind them and that systems are now in place to move the tens of millions of travellers each year through Pearson much more smoothly.

Alghabra has also come under fire for the situation at Pearson and other major Canadian airports.

He, too, has indicated that the situation has already improved at the airports, specifically Pearson, and that things will continue on that path.

At one point during the particularly difficult summer travel season in 2022, Pearson was identified in an international survey as the worst major airport in the world for delays.

Other measures planned at Pearson in the coming weeks and months include capping during any given hour the number of passengers that can arrive internationally or depart to the U.S.

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