Where are you heading this summer?

Remember how exciting it was as a kid when the weather turned warmer and the school year was almost done? You couldn’t wait for summer vacation to start, a blank page to fill with new adventures. For many of us that feeling never really went away.

As adults, we gaze out our office windows, thinking about our summer plans. For some, it is weekends at the lake, or day trips around the province. For others, summer is a time to travel to see family, see new places or knock something off the bucket list.

At Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, we understand the urge for summer travel. In fact, summer is our busiest time of the year. Last year we saw 863,942 passengers travel through the airport in July and August, just over 20 percent of our passengers for the year. With nearly a million people through our gates in those two months alone, those with the summer travel bug certainly weren’t alone!

If you are traveling through the airport this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Arrive early – One of the most significant stressors for travel is time. Summer is busy at the airport, so you are likely to encounter higher passenger volumes at peak times. Although there will be additional staff on hand, you might face longer lines than usual, including at security screening or for your pre-flight snack. Give yourself lots of time to get to the airport and your gate.
     
  • Plan your arrival – Don’t forget to plan how you are getting to the airport. We have a range of parking options available right at the airport, including our popular Valet and Away service. For more information or to book online visit our reservation website. In addition, all Winnipeg taxi companies and the ridesharing company TappCar offer service to the airport.
     
  • Pack right – One of the best ways to make your trip enjoyable is to pack right. Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), which is responsible for passenger screening at the airport, has online tools to help you. Check out  www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca or the CATSA mobile app to find what you can and cannot bring through security. You can also reach out to CATSA on Facebook and Twitter during regular business hours with specific questions.
     
  • Most importantly: this is the trip you have been dreaming about, so enjoy it!

Feel free to let us know where you are heading this summer, either with a comment below or on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account. Have a great summer!

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