Both Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport are paying millions each year for extra passenger screening officers to manage increased traffic at both facilities.
According to a report by the CBC, both airports have signed contracts with Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to bring on more officers, even as the agency faces another budget cut this year. In 2017, following several years of shrinking funding, the federal government cut another $10 million from the authority even as passenger volumes continue to swell, the report stated.
This will be the first year that YVR has signed such a deal with CATSA, the report stated.
Prior to 2014, 95 per cent of travellers passed through security on time, the report added, a statistic which has since dropped to the high 80s; according to the CBC, CATSA has subsequently reduced its target goal to 85 per cent of passengers passing through security within 15 minutes at Canada’s eight largest airports.
The report cited a figure that even with the additional screening officers at Toronto Pearson, in 2016 only about 72 per cent of Toronto passengers were screened within 10 minutes, with about 2.7 million passengers waiting between 15 minutes and an hour to pass through.