Expect Delays On the Busiest Travel Day at Pearson Airport

Published December 21, 2017 at 1:39 am


Pack your patience – and passports – if you’re heading to Pearson airport, Christmas travellers.

An estimated 2.7 million passengers will be blitzing through Canada’s largest air hub this holiday season.

The busiest day for pre-Christmas travel is Dec. 21, with more than 130,000 passengers travelling through the airport on their way to beach vacations and family visits.

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

The terminals’ halls are decked, and holiday tunes will be playing throughout the terminals.

Here are some tips to check out before you leave (unless you’re a procrastinator who’s scrambling to pack the morning of!).

Travellers can start their trip off smoothly by reserving a parking spot and learning about special offers at airport garages before leaving home.

Save time in security by packing light and leaving holiday gifts unwrapped in carry-on luggage, as all packages will be subject to inspection at security check points.

Screenshot: Canadian Air Transport Security Authority


  • Need last minute banking before flying? Passengers can save time by banking at one of CIBC’s airport banking centres and ATMs.
  • Tech-savvy travellers 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 card members 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; 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 Dec. 22 and Dec. 23 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Source: Greater Toronto Airports Authority

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