Airport authority will review Toronto's Pearson shutdown

Travellers at Pearson International Airport's Terminal 1 go through the baggage room on Jan. 8,...

Travellers at Pearson International Airport's Terminal 1 go through the baggage room on Jan. 8, 2014 looking for luggage that has been misplaced because of flight cancellations over the past few days related to the weather. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:49 PM ET

TORONTO ─ The head of the body that runs Pearson International Airport is apologizing for massive delays that stranded thousands of travellers last week and vowed to conduct a full review.

Severe cold caused the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to bar all traffic from taking off or landing on Jan. 7 as a safety precaution. Board chairman Vijay Kanwar apologized in a statement Wednesday, announcing the GTAA will strike an ad hoc committee to investigate, reporting back publicly in 90 days.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience passengers have experienced," Kanwar said in a statement. "The findings of the ad hoc committee will help ensure that when faced with extreme weather conditions in the future, we can, and will, do better."

Kanwar said the review will focus on winter operations at Pearson with an eye to preventing future shutdowns.

"The board of directors is committed to the review of airport operations announced today and is committed to taking action based on the findings of the review," he said.


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