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Toronto Pearson gives tips on travelling through airport in busy summer months

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  •   06-20-2024  11:08 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Toronto Pearson gives tips on travelling through airport in busy summer months
Toronto Pearson airport. (Pax Global Media/file photo)
Pax Global Media

Toronto Pearson is ready to welcome millions of passengers to the airport this summer as the busiest travel season of the year gets under way.

Today (June 20), the airport authority joined the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) to share tips for passengers travelling over the summer months.

Toronto Pearson is expecting more than 160,000 passengers per day this summer on peak travel days, an increase of 8 per cent from 2023 volume.

There will be more than 1,100 flights on the busiest summer days, an increase of 3 per cent from last year.

While peak summer travel months for Toronto Pearson are July and August, the airport has already seen an uptick in travellers in June, and higher-than-normal passenger volumes are forecast to continue into September.

Passengers at Toronto Pearson are increasingly taking advantage of the digital tools available to help streamline their travel experience, even more important during the airport’s peak periods.

The airport recommends using the following tools before arriving at the airport:

  • YYZ Express, an online reservation program that allows travellers to book a spot in the security line ahead of their flight, up to 72 hours in advance. Passengers with reservations are able to breeze through shorter security lines.
  • Mobile Passport Control, an app introduced by United States Customs and Border Protection, which allows travellers to digitally submit their information for a smoother departures experience if they're travelling to the U.S.
  • Avoid traffic congestion curbside at the terminals by dropping passengers at Viscount station. The station, which is located just outside the airport, is a great connection point: Drop-off is easy and a free train takes passengers to Terminal 1 and 3.
  • A live wait times dashboard provides travellers with real-time information ahead of arriving at the airport. This gives passengers information about what to expect.
  • A peak travel times dashboard tells travellers whether they’ll be passing through the airport during a particularly busy time.
  • Advance Declaration continues to be offered by Canada Border Services Agency, allowing travellers to submit their customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance of flying into Canada, giving them a faster border experience and saving them time at Toronto Pearson. Passengers who complete Advance Declaration will have access to an express lane in the customs area.
  • Register online to park your car at Toronto Pearson, which helps to guarantee your spot ahead of time.
  • Follow the airport on X for any major operational updates.

Passengers should continue to arrive at Toronto Pearson three hours before an international flight and two hours before a domestic flight.

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