After busy morning, Toronto Pearson is "getting back to normal," officials say
If you're headed to Toronto Pearson today to send off (hope not) or welcome a loved one, it's been a rough morning. Some 100 cancelled flights were cancelled today out of 1400 scheduled.
The information board at www.torontopearson.com was showing a number of cancelled flights coming in and going out, mostly to spots in eastern Canada or in the U.S. northeast, where we got a pretty good snowfall overnight.
But Scott Armstrong at Pearson tells me things are looking brighter.
"There were delays this morning with slower ground traffic due to snow clearing, but things are getting back to normal and the rest of the day looks good," he wrote to me in an email around 10:45 a.m. "Snow crews will take another 18-24 hours to clean up."
Across North America it looks like some 2000 flights have been cancelled today.
So, all in all, it could've been a lot worse. We should be used to this sort of thing by now in Toronto. And in the scheme of things, it ain't that big a deal. And the snow is a hugely welcome relief for folks in the southern Ontario's ski resort biz.
The Ski Ontario website, www.skiontario.ca, reports eight to 20 cm of fresh snow fell in traditional ski areas overnight and that conditions look great today.JAUNT.CA DEAL OF THE DAY
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NEW PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE AT PEARSON
Plaza Premium Lounge continues to expand its network in Canada by opening its 11th airport pay-in lounge at the International Departure Hall of Toronto Pearson International Airport
The 6,178 square feet lounge is the largest among its sister lounges in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada with a seating capacity of approximately 180 guests. Special features signature to the series of “fourth generation concept lounges”, include comfortable lounge chairs, mother-of-pearl reception counter, signature chandelier, New Zealand wool carpet and oval crystal chandelier, designed by Hong Kong designer Kinney Chan.
They offer high-speed Wi-Fi (as does Pearson as a whole), as well as computer workstations with internet and a meeting room for business sessions or private gatherings. There's also a shower room, plus an all-day continental buffet with hot dishes and a noodle bar with beef and squid meat balls with rice noodles in homemade broth. The beverage menu features hot and cold coffee and tea specialties; beer, wine, spirits.
The new airport pay-in lounge will be opened from 5am – 11pm daily. It costs $30 plus tax for two hours and $35 plus tax for three hours.