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Delays at Toronto Pearson Airport – possible ground handlers strike

Ground handlers working for Swissport at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) are poised to go on strike this afternoon.

If the labour interruption proceeds as planned, passenger and cargo operations for all wide-bodies at the airport, except Air Canada, WestJet and Emirates, will be affected. Moreover, some Asian carriers have announced that they will stop flights to YYZ. There will likely be picket lines at entrances to the Vista Building, which will delay carriers from entering or departing. Shippers should be advised to prepare for delays, and to add extra time to normal cut-offs to ensure that export cargo can be delivered within required carrier cut-offs.

Swissport says it will try to maintain passenger and cargo operations while its employees, members of Teamsters Local 419, are on strike.

If you have any questions concerning shipments booked with Universal Logistics and how they may be impacted by the above, please call (905) 882-4880, ext. 308 – Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions.

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