• Winter Operations

    Whether you’re flying home to visit family over the holidays or escaping the cold for warm sun and sandy beaches, you could be one of millions of passengers who fly through Toronto Pearson this winter.

    You can use this page to learn about our winter operations and find out tips to turn yourself into a better winter traveller.

    Cool Winter Facts

    "Cool" Winter Facts

    You can learn something new every time you come to Toronto Pearson. Here are some of the “coolest” facts about our airport!

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    Snow Removal

    Snow Removal

    On average, between 110 to 130 cm of snow falls here each winter, but we never let that slow us down. Every year we work hard to update our procedures for clearing snow so that our runways and roads are safe and ready for your travel needs.

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    Cold Weather Work

    Cold Weather Work

    Winter weather in Toronto can be bitterly cold. The one constant factor throughout winter at Toronto Pearson is for the safety of airport employees who work outside on the area known as the ramp or apron.

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    Deicing Your Plane

    Deicing Your Plane

    At Toronto Pearson, we have the largest and most technologically advanced centralized deicing facility (CDF) in the world. The CDF can process up to 500 aircraft in a single day, keeping aircraft flying safely in any winter weather.

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    Expect Winter Traffic

    Winter Traffic

    Getting out the door and arriving at the airport on time can be a challenge, especially when snow starts to fall or the roads are icy.

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    About Baggage

    About Baggage

    Every day, more than 120,000 pieces of baggage travel through Toronto Pearson’s complex network of belts, ramps, weigh stations and other machinery that take your suitcase from check-in to plane and back.

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    Updating Your Airport

    Updating Your Airport

    It’s our goal to be one of the world’s best airports. To do this, we need to make sure that we keep up with increasing passenger volume and the demand to revitalize our terminals.

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    Security Screening Tips

    Security Screening Tips

    To maintain a safe and secure aviation system in Canada, all passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson must first go through security screening, provided in Canada by CATSA – the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

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    Customs Tips

    Customs Tips

    Every Toronto Pearson passenger entering Canada must see a Canada Border Services Agency officer. Passengers leaving Toronto Pearson for the United States will see a United States Customs and Border Protection officer before proceeding to the gate.

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