Toronto Pearson International Airport is all set to welcome more than 10 million passengers between Canada Day and Labour Day. It is cited that this increase will be more than 30% compared to the same period five years ago.
The summer rush is predicted to bring with it an average of 155,000 passengers per day, climbing even further skyward on high-volume days.
Toronto Pearson and its partners—air carriers, Canadian customs, CATSA and more—have taken steps to prepare for this massive influx of passengers and offer tips to help make travel easier.
Hillary Marshall, Vice President Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Greater Toronto Airports Authority said that this summer Toronto Pearson is once again preparing to welcome a growing number of travellers from around the world to Toronto. She also said that they need to understand how important it is to work with the airport’s carrier government partners to ensure that they have the appropriate resources in place to help more than 10 million travellers flow efficiently through their airport. Toronto Pearson is also capable to provide more visitors to local attractions, customers to local businesses and jobs for area residents.
Giving High Priority on airport experiences
Toronto Pearson places a high priority on ensuring an efficient and enjoyable airport experience for travellers, and as such continues to make significant investments in services and processes. The baggage infrastructure in both terminals has been enhanced, adding additional capacity for airline baggage handlers to load and unload bags, as well as 24/7 IT support to monitor over 25 kilometers of belts, automated pushers and other machinery. Additional CATSA Plus lines have been installed in Terminal 3, speeding the efficiency of passenger security screening.
CATSA Plus program in Toronto Pearson
The CATSA Plus program will be rolled out to all airport checkpoints over the next two years. Toronto Pearson is also offering additional support for passengers with cognitive special needs through the MagnusCards smartphone app. MagnusCards helps to ensure that users can navigate the airport more easily through step-by-step instructional card decks.
Enjoy Canadian culture
The international passengers arriving this summer will also enjoy the sounds of Canadian culture with the return of YYZ Live, Toronto Pearson’s signature entertainment program. Produced in partnership with the City of Toronto, YYZ Live features a summer full of musical entertainment, with 75 performances from a curated list of local artists. YYZ Live performances are free and take place in different locations around the airport at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. For a full schedule of YYZ Live musicians and where they will be playing, visit the YYZ Live site.
Fast Security Service
To tackle passenger rush, Toronto Pearson is also set to do fast security checking. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is responsible for security screening at Toronto Pearson and all Canadian airports. With all the holiday in this rush hour will be happy and secured.