December 20, 2018 8:16 am
Updated: December 20, 2018 2:27 pm

Toronto Pearson Airport to welcome 2.8M passengers during busy holiday travel period

An estimated 2.8 million people are expected to travel through Toronto Pearson Airport throughout the week as the holiday's approach and flight numbers surge. Marianne Dimain has more.

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The Greater Toronto Airports Authority estimates 2.8 million passengers will pass through Toronto Pearson International Airport this holiday season.

Airport officials say peak volume will be on Friday when over 135,000 passengers will arrive or depart from Toronto Pearson.

The GTAA says 127,000 passengers on average will fly through the airport daily between Dec. 16 and Jan. 6.

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“Our busiest day in the entire year was in the summer where we saw upwards of 165,000 passengers,” said Maria Ganogiannis, senior communications advisor at GTAA.

`But Christmas time, this winter holiday travel period and March break are peaks as well.

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Holiday travel tips

Airport officials are reminding passengers to leave holiday gifts unwrapped in carry-on luggage, as packages will be subject to inspection at security checkpoints.

“Definitely check in online before you get to the airport. That will save you some time,” Ganogiannis said.

“You can book your parking spot and avoid circling our parking lots to find a spot and you’ll save a few dollars as well. Contacting your airline to confirm your flight schedule. That will help save you a lot of time before getting to the airport.”

Although cannabis is now legal in Canada, passengers should refrain from carrying marijuana-related products across international borders as it is illegal and can result in criminal penalties.

However, up to 30 grams of cannabis can be brought on domestic flights.

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