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Dec 01, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Pearson readies separate terminal for Syrian refugees

With Syrian refugees set to arrive in Canada as early as next week, Toronto’s Pearson airport is preparing little-used terminal


Toronto’s Pearson airport is preparing a rarely used terminal that will be dedicated to processing Syrian refugees, who could begin arriving as early as next week.

The infield terminal, which sits between the airport’s two major runways, was built to handle extra capacity when Pearson was undergoing major terminal renovations.

It is only used now for specific occasions, such as when world leaders came to Toronto for the G20 summit in 2010, and most recently when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then Prime Minister Stephen Harper were in town in April.

Siobhan Desroches, a spokeswoman with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said airport workers are testing equipment such as fire alarms, moving furniture and ensuring power and data requirement are met.

The Canada Border Services Agency will oversee the processing of the refugees at the terminal.

On Tuesday, the federal government posted a notice, asking for any letters of interest from Canadian air carriers that could provide chartered aircraft with a minimum of 200 seats, for direct flights between two cities in Turkey, Adana and Gaziantep, and from Amman, Jordan, to Toronto’s Pearson airport and Montréal’s Trudeau airport.

Toronto Star

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By Michael | DECEMBER 02, 2015 12:40 PM
Will there also be miles and miles of red carpet laid for them?
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