Canadian transport minister addresses traveler delays at airports

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FILE PHOTO: An airplane takes off from Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto

(Reuters) -Canada's transport minister on Tuesday said authorities were working to address the long lines travelers were suffering at the nation's airports.

"We're working closely with CATSA & partners to address this," Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Twitter, referring to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. "Rumours that we have asked airlines to cut back on flights are not true."

The announcement comes after an industry official earlier this month warned that staffing shortages have caused long passenger lines at some of the largest airports in Canada, including in Toronto and Vancouver.

Monette Pasher, interim president of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), projected waits could exceed pre-COVID levels, though she said the situation could improve by the time travel picks up in the summer months.

Airports in Europe have also faced delays in recent weeks amid surging travel demand and staffing issues caused by the pandemic.

(Reporting by Tyler CliffordEditing by Chris Reese and Aurora Ellis)

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