Published on November 11, 2022 at 1:33 p.m.
A large Russian-owned cargo plane, grounded at Mississauga’s Pearson airport since Feb. 27, has racked up “parking fees” estimated at more than a quarter of a million dollars.
And the counter keeps ticking. As of today (November 11), the parking tab is around $272,640, a figure that will continue to increase by $1,065.60 per day (74 cents per minute), depending on the fee schedule and Pearson 2022 aeronautical charges.
The fee is collected by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which manages Pearson, and at the current rate, the parking tab will exceed $300,000 by the end of the first week of December.
According to Transport Canada, the Antonov An-124 aircraft, the largest production cargo plane in the world, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.
The huge airplane landed at Pearson on the morning of February 27just before the Canadian government declared the country’s airspace closed to all Russian aircraft following the invasion of Ukraine.
A spokesperson for Transport Canada said insauga.com in August that the Russian-registered aircraft will remain grounded for the time being.
An email to Transport Canada earlier today for any further updates has yet to be returned, but it appears nothing has changed since late summer.
In an email to insauga.comthe GTAA confirmed today (November 11) that the aircraft remains at Pearson.
And a social media post earlier this week (see below) shows the huge plane still sitting on the tarmac.
Russian: Cargo Plane ✈️ is stationary at Pearson Airport pic.twitter.com/6O1jLepTfw
— Freedom for Ukraine: NAFO (@BlazingHIMARS) November 9, 2022
A GTAA spokesperson said in August that “with respect to parking fees, we do not publicly disclose the terms of the GTAA’s business relationships with other entities.”
However, Pearson’s Schedule of Aeronautical Fees and Charges for 2022 is available on the GTAA’s website.
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.
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.
The cargo plane, registered with Volga-Dnepr Airlines, is believed to be part of a fleet of 12 such planes.
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