Pearson Airport braces for crowds ahead of March Break
People carry luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on December 20, 2013. (Mark Blinch / The Canadian Press)
Published Friday, March 11, 2016 11:30AM EST
Canada’s largest airport is bracing for the throngs of travellers heading out of town for March Break.
Pearson International Airport says it expects to welcome approximately 115,000 passengers on Friday, and nearly 120,000 passengers on Saturday.
Friday is considered the busiest day of the spring travel season, as many children finish their last day in the classroom before the weeklong break that sees many families leave on vacations.
The airport says it is expecting passenger numbers to increase by 3-4 per cent over last year’s March Break numbers.
Pearson Airport representatives have some tips for March Break travellers, including checking flight status ahead of time, being aware of baggage and carry-on restrictions, and being prepared for security screening that includes checking electronic devices.
For passengers travelling with children, airport representatives will be handing out free Kids Kits to “help them stay busy before boarding flights.”
Each kit includes sweet treats, arts and crafts, and other travel toys.
On March 10-14, kids under 10 years old also eat free at some food outlets at the airport.