Toronto Pearson International Airport is bracing for a hectic day on Friday, which happens to be its busiest travel day of the spring season.
Staff are preparing for a rush of approximately 130,000 passengers by ensuring all available staff members will be on site and ready to help the flow of travellers get to their March Break excursions smoothly.
If you are one of the thousands who will be visiting Pearson Airport throughout this week, we have a list of useful tips to help your check-in a breeze.
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Check your flight status
Start your journey with a quick check of your flight status before you leave home. It’s important to know if your flight is delayed or even early so that you can make it to the airport at the appropriate time. Pearson Airport’s schedule is available here online and you can also track your flight using the free Toronto Pearson App.
Research parking options.
If you plan to drive in to the airport, plan ahead for where you’ll park. Pearson Airport has multiple lots and the best option for you depends on what terminal you’ll use to board. Check out Pearson’s parking options here.
Flying to the US before 10:00am? Wait times can be longer on weekdays, so plan to arrive 3 hours before your departure. #traveltips
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) March 9, 2017
Get to the airport extra early
It’s not called the busiest travel day of the season for nothing. A surplus in travellers means longer lines, wait times and check-ins. So to ensure you’re not starting off March Break in a frenzy, get to the airport at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for all U.S. or international flights.
— CATSA (@catsa_gc) February 20, 2017
Be aware of baggage restrictions
Different airlines have different baggage restrictions and charges to be aware of. Check your airline’s website for information before you leave to ensure there will be no expensive surprises during check-in. Also make sure that any liquids and gels in you carry-on luggage are in containers no larger than 100 milliliters, and be prepared to take your electronics out of your bags for safety screening. For more details on what you are allowed to bring, visit CATSA.
Take advantage of complementary airport services
Did you know the airport is offering free coat-check for travellers during March Break? If you’re travelling between March 9 and March 26, you can check in your coat for free at several terminal locations and it will be held for you until you return. One less thing to carry.
Keep kids occupied
Keeping organized while navigating through the airport is a challenge, but it’s even harder to do that with little ones. Keep kids on their best behaviour by bringing a variety of snacks and maybe their favourite toy or gaming device, but also make sure you’re fed and ready to go. If you did not get a chance to grab a bite before checking in, Pearson Airport has a promotion where kids can eat free (from March 9 to March 12) at a select few restaurants! For a full list of included eateries, go here.
Enjoy your March Break!