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Air Canada unveils new operations centre in Brampton; will oversee 600 flights daily

The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Air Canada has unveiled its new operations centre in Brampton, Ont., a state of the art facility that Canada's largest airline says should "significantly improve" its operational capabilities while improving efficiency.

About 400 employees will staff the 75,000-square-foot operations centre when it opens in January 2014.

The $60-million facility will serve as central control for the airline's day-to-day operations, from which staff will oversee almost 600 Air Canada flights each day.

Staff will be responsible for dispatching flights, scheduling crews, handling flight changes and cancellations and planning for disruptions such as storms, among other things.

With corporate headquarters in Montreal, Air Canada is the country's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.

With some 5,000 employees, is serves close to 35 million passengers annually providing scheduled service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 53 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.