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UPDATE: Ottawa's International Airport latest target for truck convoy protest

The Ottawa International Airport said anyone planning to travel today should give themselves extra time to get to the airport.
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The Ottawa International Airport (YOW), March 11, 2020. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters.com

The Ottawa International Airport has confirmed that the trucks have since left the area.

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Ottawa’s International airport is the latest to be targeted by convoy protesters as between 60 to 70 trucks circulate the premises.

According to a statement from the Ottawa International Airport, the trucks are riding the arrivals and departures roadways in an attempt to disrupt operations.

“Airport traffic is already extremely light due to the pandemic so the impact so far is minimal,” the airport spokesperson Krista Kealey said. “We are very disappointed that the protesters have chosen to disrupt an industry that has already been decimated by the pandemic.”

The statement goes on to say that they are monitoring the situation with its security and airport policing teams.

They advise anyone who is travelling today to give themselves extra time to get to the airport.

“The Ottawa International Airport is an important link for essential products and services for Canada’s north, and an important economic engine for the region,” Kealey added. “Disrupting our airport will hurt people who are already suffering, including passengers and employees who rely on our industry for their livelihood and wellbeing.”

Ottawa police tweeted earlier on Thursday that they were able to get a number of trucks out of the Coventry Road encampment, as well as the Bank and Laurier area.

Where those trucks went, however, is not clear as of yet.

 

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