Release date: 
19 September 2005 :00am
September 19, 2005 (Ottawa) – Ottawa International Airport Authority will be holding a major emergency exercise between September 19th and 23rd. In order to effectively carry out the exercise, details will not be made public until its conclusion.

The exercise will include the participation of many of the Authority’s partners, such as Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Services, OC Transpo, CHEO, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Canada Border Services Agency and the Red Cross. The partners will have a visible presence at the airport during the exercise period.

The exercise will involve heavy radio communication. In an effort to mitigate any concern in the public domain, all communications will be preceded by “exercise elephant one” until the exercise is terminated. It would be appreciated if the media would cooperate by allowing the exercise to unfold, following which, information concerning the nature and outcome of the exercise will be released.

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region. Its new state-of-the-art passenger terminal building opened for business on October 12, 2003.