Jan 16, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority is apologizing for the the decision to close Pearson International Airport to inbound traffic nine days ago.

Vijay Kanwar is the Chairman of the GTAA. He spoke for the first time since the “ground stop” that left hundreds of passengers stranded; in some cases, for days.

He says the board is launching an investigation to make sure it never happens again.

Kanwar also contradicted GTAA CEO Howard Eng’s expalnation for his absence at the time. Eng had said he was in Edmonton on business, but Kanwar called it a vacation.

Kanwar’s statement came at the same time Premier Kathleen Wynne raised the issue of the agency’s governance structure. GTA municipalities complain that the Airports Authority was established to serve the communities in the region. But the board can freely reject their nominees, giving them very little say in operations.

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