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Toronto Pearson Airport Delays Lessen as Work Slowdown Eases

October 08, 2011

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Delays at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport dropped to about 30 minutes today from two hours yesterday as a work slowdown by security checkpoint screeners eased.

Employees of Garda World Security Corp., a subcontractor for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, are involved in a “go-slow” work action that began on Oct. 6, ahead of Canada’s three-day Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s a clear improvement from yesterday, though we’re not quite sure if it’s over,” Mathieu Larocque, a spokesman for the federal agency, said in a telephone interview today. “The longest wait is about 30 minutes.”

The job action was being conducted at just one checkpoint today, for international travelers, compared with all nine at the airport yesterday, Larocque said.

Spokesmen for Air Canada didn’t immediately reply to e- mails today seeking comment. The airline postponed some departures yesterday due to passenger backups at the checkpoints, airline spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said at the time.

Joe Gavaghan, a spokesman for Montreal-based Garda, declined to comment on the job action in an e-mail response to questions. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has reported the dispute concerns employee scheduling.

Pearson is Canada’s largest and busiest airport, handling 400,000 flights a year and almost 32 million passengers, according to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

--With assistance from Sean B. Pasternak. Editors: Sylvia Wier, Joe Sabo

To contact the reporter on this story: Colin McClelland in Toronto at cmcclelland1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net.


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