By end of the day today, approximately 138,000 passengers will have passed through Toronto’s Pearson International, with many arriving for family visits, or leaving for special holiday vacations.
It’s the busiest day of the year, and pax traffic is up by about 2% at the airport compared to this time last year, continuing a trend of increasing growth over the last 10 years.
Airport officials say holiday travellers can count on Pearson to be fully staffed and ready to assist passengers. Those travelling today -- and any day over the holidays -- are advised to arrive early to give themselves lots of time to check in, pass through security screening and make it to their gate.
To make the travel experience special, Pearson has been decorated with colourful holiday decorations and there are many activities to enjoy. Highlights include a selfie photo booth sponsored by Fuji Film, which allows passengers to take a pre-flight photo and print it onsite; a special installment of the popular YYZ Live series, organized in cooperation with the City of Toronto and featuring live musicians playing holiday music; and a children's scavenger hunt booklet.
Passengers can also enter the Cheers to the Holidays contest for a chance to win a $10,000 travel voucher or one of three luxury gift baskets valued at $1,200.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.