5 tips for Christmas travel at Pearson

Travellers and staff at Toronto's Pearson airport are dealing with some of the busiest travel days of the year as people head home for Christmas.
Officials at Toronto's Pearson airport expect passenger volumes to be very high on Thursday and Friday. (J.P. Moczulski/Canadian Press)

Travellers and staff at Toronto's Pearson airport are dealing with some of the busiest travel days of the year as people head home for Christmas.

About 87,000 travellers check in to Pearson on a regular travel day but more than 100,000 people were expected to move through Canada's busiest airport on both Thursday and Friday.

Passengers can expect lineups and waits but airport workers have some advice to make your trip as smooth as possible:

  • Check weather and flight status before you leave home.
  • Arrive early.
  • Make sure all liquids and gels are in 100 millilitre containers and stored in a clear plastic bag. A single one-litre bag is permitted per passenger.
  • If you're packing presents, don't wrap them as security may need to inspect them.
  • Pack patience.

To help ease the pain, airport staff members are offering both help and distractions to keep people occupied, including airport ambassadors, Christmas carollers, Mrs. Claus reading stories, and a spot where families can have their picture taken in a holiday setting.

There is also a discount of 30 per cent for guests parking in the Terminal 1 and 3 garages, until Dec. 31.