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Friday expected to be busiest day at Pearson Airport since start of pandemic

Thursday, March 10th 2022, 7:40 pm - Pack your patience.

It has been roughly two years since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, and workers around the world were abruptly sent home for a couple of weeks to help flatten the curve.

As we all know, that homestay turned out to be quite a bit longer than that. Now, in 2022, travel is finally starting to increase again, due in part to easing of federal border restrictions coupled with the upcoming March break.

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Toronto Pearson Airport is bracing for March 11, a day that's expected to see 85,000 passengers arrive at or depart from the international hub. If those numbers hold, that will make it the busiest travel day since the pandemic started.

In a statement, the airport asks travellers to "pack their patience," as workers try to accommodate the traffic increase.

"Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes in advance of domestic flights and at least three hours in advance of international flights," the statement reads.

In addition, the area is expecting up to 5 cm of snowfall Friday, which could potentially lead to some road travel delays getting to the airport.

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"Due to government measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, passengers arriving from international destinations will experience additional screening and health checks, which may result in delays. Passengers should be prepared for an arrivals process that may take significantly longer than it did pre-pandemic depending on their specific set of circumstances."

That process may include having to answer additional health questions. While travel restrictions have eased, they lifted completely: all fully-vaccinated travellers eligible to enter Canada must provide officials with a valid COVID-19 antigen test, taken less than a day before the scheduled departure, or a molecular test less than 72 hours before takeoff.

The most up-to-date travel policies are available on the Government of Canada's website

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