Airport Prepares for Busy Holiday Travel Season

Porter Airlines flies out of Thunder Bay International Airport
Porter Airlines flies out of Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay International Airport
Thunder Bay International Airport

THUNDER BAY – December 22nd is forecast to be the busiest day of the year at the Thunder Bay International Airport. Many of the passengers departing Thunder Bay will be headed south to the Toronto Pearson Airport.

There will be nearly 2.7 million passengers will travel through Toronto Pearson International Airport this holiday season. The busiest day for pre-holiday travel is December 21, with over 130,000 passengers traveling through the airport on their way to vacations and family visits.

The winter break, between December 17, 2017, and January 7, 2018, represents a significant leisure travel peak, second only in passenger traffic to the busy summer travel season.

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With the halls decked in festive style and holiday tunes playing throughout the terminals, passengers can find services, expert tips, and activities to ease traveling at this busy time:



  • Need last minute banking before flying? Passengers can save time by banking at one of CIBC’s airport banking centres and ATMs.
  • Tech-savvy travelers can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in partnership with American Express and charge phones, tablets and other devices at before departing at complimentary Powerport Charging Stations.
  • Many of Toronto Pearson’s shops and restaurants feature holiday deals and promotions for last minute shopping and dining so come early to shop and dine. Featured promotions include:
    • American Express Canada cardmembers spend $250 or more at a Duty-Free location and receive a $50 credit on your statement
  • Toronto Pearson now offers MagnusCards, a free app created specifically for those living with autism that gives step-by-step instructions for common airport processes for the user.
  • As always, the volunteer Welcome Team is waiting to greet passengers and assist them in finding their way to their gate.


  • In Terminal 3, Grey Goose’s interactive French Alps-inspired lodge warms up Domestic- and International-departing passengers with samples, comfortable lodge seating, and a giant snow globe photo station.
  • Departing passengers in Terminal 1 International can send a holiday card to a friend or loved one courtesy of CIBC and Toronto Pearson, on December 22 and 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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. With more than 44 million passengers in 2016, Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest airport and second busiest North American international airport.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 percent of Ontario’s GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

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