Press release

TORONTO – The busiest travel season of the year is here, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson, together with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) held a media day on Friday to  offer passengers valuable travel tips and advice for a smooth, predictable airport experience as summer heats up.

To help make the experience easier, Pearson and its airport partners have introduced and expanded a suite of tools  aimed at making travelling easier. This includes:

  • YYZ Express expansion: The GTAA has expanded YYZ Express, the popular reservation program that allows departing passengers to book their place in the security line ahead of time, reducing waits. This tool is now available at all security screening areas (domestic, transborder and international) in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
  • Mobile Passport Control, an app introduced by United States Customs and Border Protection that allows travellers to digitally submit their information for a smoother departure experience from Pearson if they’re travelling to the US.
  • Advance Declaration continues to be offered by Canada Border Services Agency, which lets travellers submit their customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance of flying into Canada, giving them a faster border experience and saving them time at Pearson. New at Pearson, passengers who complete Advance Declaration will have access to an Express Lane in the customs area, further saving them time.
  • A live wait times dashboard was launched by Pearson in fall 2022, providing travellers with real-time information ahead of arriving at the airport.
  • A peak travel times dashboard was also introduced by Pearson in the fall, so passengers can look ahead to know if they’ll be passing through the airport during a busy period.

Passengers continue to be advised to arrive three hours ahead of an international flight and two hours ahead of a domestic flight.

For more information, passengers can visit the CATSA website and download the “Breeze through security” mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices). In addition to wait times, there’s information on what can and can’t be brought through security and helpful tips about the screening process.

Pearson offers a variety of convenient parking options that can all be booked online prior to travel; and travellers can save time when ordering food at the airport through Pearson’s partnership with Uber Eats.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI has also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award for two years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.

For more information, please visit Toronto Pearson on Twitter (English and French), Facebook or Instagram.

Contact: GTAA Media Office | | (416) 776-3709