Stalled Russian plane racks up $95,000 in parking fees at Mississauga’s Pearson airport

By Declan Finucane

Published on May 27, 2022 at 12:06 p.m.

A large Russian-owned cargo plane that has been stuck at Mississauga’s Pearson airport for three months has racked up “parking fees” of nearly $95,000 – and that’s by the minute.

At a rate of 74 cents per minute, equivalent to $1,065.60 per day, fees owed to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates Pearson, will top the $100,000 mark by next Wednesday. .

And the Antonov An-124 plane, the world’s largest production cargo plane, doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon, according to Transport Canada.

The huge plane landed at Pearson on the morning of February 27, just before the Canadian government declared the country’s airspace closed to all Russian-owned aircraft following the invasion of Ukraine.

In an email to insauga.coma Transport Canada spokesperson said the Russian-registered aircraft will remain grounded for the time being.

“The airspace restriction remains in effect until further notice; as a result, the aircraft stays on the ground where it is, the email read.

The massive plane reportedly brought a shipment of COVID-19 test kits from China to Pearson, via Russia and then Anchorage, Alaska, where it apparently stopped to refuel just before landing in late February in Mississauga.

Unless the plane receives an exemption from the Canadian government to allow it to return home via Canadian airspace, it will remain at Pearson until further notice.

A GTAA spokesperson confirmed with via email that the aircraft remains at the airport and is billed in accordance with Pearson’s 2022 Schedule of Aeronautical Charges and Charges.

It is unclear whether the owners of the large plane paid the GTAA fee at this point or what arrangements, if any, were made with Pearson to pay the fee.

Additionally, GTAA and Transport Canada officials have not said what happened to the flight crew of the stranded plane and any passengers who may have been on board.

The cargo plane, registered with Volga-Dnepr Airlines, is believed to be part of a fleet of twelve such aircraft.

Eleven more shipments of rapid test kits were due to be delivered via Pearson airport in March on Russian cargo planes, but they were cancelled.

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