Navigating Security and Crowds During Peak Travel Season

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Navigating Security and Crowds During Peak Travel Season

It’s the busiest time of the year for the Prince George Airport. Thousands of people will be flying to and from our city over the next couple weeks.

“December typically is our busiest month of the year,” says Manager of Marketing and Communications of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), Lindsay Cotter. “Last year, we had 40,000 passengers come and go from the airport. So again we just ask people be prepared, be patient and enjoy the holiday season.”

To help travelers navigate the crowds and security as quickly as possible, the PGAA has a few tips.

“We recommend people arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight departure,” says Cotter.”It’s important they check their airlines website to figure out how much baggage they can take with them, what size restrictions there are and what the additional cost for additional baggage is.”

The Canadian Air and Transport Security Authority (CATSA) recommends passengers wait until they arrive at their destination to wrap gifts.

“Sometimes as the package goes under the X-ray, there might be something in there that might require a second look,” says the Spokesperson for CATSA, Mathieu Larocque. “If there’s something in there that our Screening Officer thinks that it’s worth a second look, they will open it and inspect it so the wrapping will have to come off. So that will slow down the time and be frustrating for passengers.”

One seasoned traveler, Mimi Work, has some tips as well. “Travel light. We just left our truck with our winter coats there so we don’t have to bring our coats when we go to Cuba.”

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