It's March Break for many students in the Greater Toronto Area and that means Canadian families are jetting off to sunny and snowy destinations all over the globe in droves. 

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The increased number of travellers comes as Canadians are dealing with a relatively low dollar, which was trading $0.76 US Friday. (CBC)

Toronto's Pearson airport — Canada's busiest air travel hub — is expecting to welcome approximately 120,000 travellers Friday.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which manages and operates the airport located in Mississauga, said they are expecting three to four per cent more travellers than normal this March Break. 

The increased number of travellers comes as Canadians are dealing with a relatively low dollar, which was trading $0.76 US on Friday.

Some travellers said they were heading to Whistler, B.C., due to a lack of snow on the slopes in southern Ontario this winter. Others were heading to warmer destinations.

But it's the relatively mild weather conditions in the GTA that are helping travellers get to where they want to be. And the GTAA credited the weather for ensuring operations moved smoothly. 

On Friday morning, there were mostly clear skies and moderate temperatures well above the freezing mark. A high of 9 C meant very few delays or cancellations in Toronto.

It's not unusual for airplanes to undergo de-icing and runways to be cleared of snow by plows at Pearson airport in mid-March.

Toronto airport authorities are still urging travellers to check in early give themselves plenty of time as longer lines are expected.

With files from Linda Ward