Saskatoon, SK: Renovations to integrate a fourth line for pre-board screening at the Saskatoon Airport have been completed in time for a busy winter charter season. The fourth line will be operational for peak times throughout the day, including the early mornings which continue to have the heaviest traffic volumes.
The additional line was necessary to reduce wait times experienced by the traffic growth of the past years. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we progressed through the renovation”, says Bill Restall, President & CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA). “Not only will the additional line help ensure timely screening, it also allows for future passenger growth.”
Capacity at pre-board screening had been reduced to two lines during the five week construction period; however, delays were minimal as additional staff was scheduled by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to handle the anticipated traffic load.
Year-to-date passenger volumes continue to be ahead of 2008 and a strong winter charter program is expected to maintain the current growth trend. The winter “getaway” season began this past week with West Jet offering direct flights to Mexico. In total 17 weekly charters operated by Sunwing, SkyService, CanJet, Air Transat and WestJet will fly direct to destinations in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Cuba beginning December 18.
The SAA and CATSA continue to remind travelers to pay particular attention to the regulations regarding liquids, gels and aerosols such as bottle of water, perfume, tooth paste or any cosmetics to make their security screening experience as easy as possible. Information on permitted carry-on items can be found on CATSA’s Pack Smart page at www.catsa.gc.ca/packsmart.
For further information contact:
President & CEO
Saskatoon Airport Authority
To arrange a photo opportunity of the renovated Pre-Board Screening area please contact:
Manager, Customer and Terminal Services