Toronto Pearson outlines winter preparedness plan

An aerial view of Toronto Pearson International Airport
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Ahead of the 2023-2024 winter travel and holiday period, Toronto Pearson International Airport has announced a number of operational improvements designed to meet and maintain readiness throughout the winter season.

These measures, carefully outlined during a recent press conference at Terminal 1 featuring Deborah Flint, the president and CEO, and Todd Browne, the associate director of Airfield Operations, are poised to ensure operational readiness and passenger satisfaction even in the face of winter challenges.

Increased Staffing

One key initiative involves bolstering staff numbers, a move aimed at fortifying Toronto Pearson’s operational prowess.

Deborah Flint emphasizes the positive impact of proactive steps taken during the summer travel season, highlighting a remarkable six percent increase in on-time performance (OTP) this month.

This achievement, a testament to collaborative efforts with aviation partners, reflects the airport’s commitment to reducing airplane holds, dropping from over 1,700 in Summer 2022 to a mere 13 in Summer 2023.

A view across Toronto Pearson International Airport.
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Expanded Deicing Capacity

Recognizing the challenges winter brings, Toronto Pearson has expanded its deicing capacity. This upgrade ensures a smooth flow of operations even in the face of adverse weather conditions.

By staying one step ahead of winter’s chill with aircraft deicing, the airport aims to minimize delays and disruptions, enhancing the overall travel experience for passengers.

Advanced Snowplows

A notable addition to Toronto Pearson’s winter arsenal is the deployment of advanced snowplows. These cutting-edge machines are designed to tackle snow and ice with efficiency, keeping runways and taxiways clear.

By embracing state-of-the-art technology, the airport positions itself to proactively manage winter weather challenges, ensuring safe and timely departures and arrivals.

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Predictive Technologies for Weather and Delay Forecasting

In a bid to anticipate and mitigate the impact of winter weather, Toronto Pearson introduces cutting-edge predictive technologies.

These tools go beyond traditional forecasting, providing real-time insights for better decision-making. The emphasis here is on overall operational efficiency.

AI for Efficient Baggage Handling

A leading initiative at Toronto Pearson involves the implementation of an innovative AI system for baggage handling.

This system proactively identifies and resolves common issues, minimizing interruptions to the flow of operations.

By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, the airport aims to streamline the baggage processes, reducing boarding processing delays.

View of aircraft on Toronto Pearson airport taxiways.
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Passenger Empowerment

Toronto Pearson remains dedicated to empowering passengers with control over their travel experience. Services like YYZ Express for faster processing, Mobile Passport Control for expedited pre-clearance into the United States, and advanced declaration for efficient customs and immigration continue to be promoted.

Information Tools for Passengers: Acknowledging the unpredictable nature of winter weather, Toronto Pearson reinforces tools to equip passengers with more information and control over their travel experience.

By providing real-time updates and pertinent information, the airport aims to ease concerns and enhance the overall journey during the winter season.


Deborah Flint reiterates Toronto Pearson’s commitment to excellence, emphasizing ongoing investments in expanding and modernizing facilities and equipment.

Combined with increased staffing, these efforts are geared towards delivering a high-quality experience.

As the winter season approaches, the airport stands poised to navigate the challenges, ensuring passengers experience the energy of the holiday travel season with enthusiasm.

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