Toronto Pearson Airport – 1.9 Million Passengers For Christmas

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Heavy Duty Snow Ploughs and Snow Blowers keep the runways clear and the airport open
Heavy Duty Snow Ploughs and Snow Blowers keep the runways clear and the airport open

TORONTO – AVIATION – The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for travel. Families headed for holidays, loved ones gathering for the festive season, and people working their way home. With more than 41 million passengers in 2015, Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest airport and second busiest North American international airport.

The airport will be especially busy over the coming days. Keeping that traffic flowing is a key part of ensuring success for the holidays.

Nearly 1.9 million passengers will travel through Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, during the peak travel period between December 20, 2016 and January 3, 2017. Here are some expert tips for travel on the busiest day leading into winter holidays.

Savvy Travel Tips
Plan ahead: Travellers can start their trip off smoothly by reserving a parking spot at any of our parking garages. For more details on available parking promotions, visit

Pack right: To move more efficiently through security, passengers are encouraged to pack light and leave holiday gifts unwrapped in carry-on luggage, as all packages will be subject to inspection at security check points. Toronto Pearson offers free wrapping for all gifts purchased from airport stores. Passengers who bring an unwrapped gift through security can have their gifts wrapped for free. Also, save time by ensuring liquids and gels in carry-on luggage are in containers no larger than 100 millilitres.

Coat check:  Passengers can check heavy winter coats before taking off and pick them up upon return for a warm ride home. Coat check service is available for just $2 per coat per day or $9 per coat per week.

Airport activities for passengers

PAW Patrol has landed in Terminal 1! Just in time for the holidays, Spin Master has set up a highly interactive PAW Patrol installation in Terminal 1, Gates 55-57. PAW Patrol is a Computer Generated animated, action adventure preschool series starting a pack of heroic pups led by a tech-savvy boy named Rider. 

Passengers awaiting their flights will be treated to some holiday entertainment from strolling carolers around the terminals.

The Toronto Pearson holiday cheer team will be out and spreading the festive feeling of the season to passengers from curb-to-gate and gate-to-curb. Some will help with baggage, as well as provide candy cane treats and other fantastic surprises to ease the stress of the season.

Need to do last minute banking before your flight? Passengers can save time by banking before they fly at one of CIBC’s airport banking centres and ATMs.

In partnership with American Express, surf the internet on complimentary Wi-Fi.

Food and Drink

Happy Hour! Enjoy great deals at one of the following restaurants: The HearthTwistCaplansky’sFionn MacCool’sBar 120Lee Kitchen, or Meteor. Offers are valid from December 5 to December 25.

Kids 12 and under can eat for free with the purchase of an adult’s meal. Check out these kid-friendly spots: The HearthTwist, and Caplansky’s. Offer is valid from December 20 to December 25.


When you spend $500 at Duty Free, you will receive a $25 discount starting December 5. Go ahead and check off another item from your holiday list!

Do you have an American Express Canada Credit Card? When you spend $250 with your AMEX card at Duty Free you’ll get $25 off your next AMEX credit card statement.

Our world-class shops have plenty of holiday deals and promotions! There is something for everyone on your list.

About Toronto Pearson:
Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners.

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