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Toronto Airport Moves Passengers During Busy SeasonAired December 22, 2000 - 4:20 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: As they are in this country, airports up in Canada are very busy places this holiday travel season.
Reporter John Musselman of CTV in Canada joins us now from the international airport in Canada's largest city -- that's Toronto.
How are you doing, John?
JOHN MUSSELMAN, CTV REPORTER: Joie, it's busy here. We're just going to pan over and show you some of the crowds here: thousands of people coming through Pearson International Airport today. Part of the Christmas rush -- airport officials are expecting about 95,000 people to pass through all three gates in the three terminals here at Pearson today -- Joie.
CHEN: John, it doesn't look nearly as bad as some of the airports I've seen in the United States. This would be a big crowd at Pearson?
MUSSELMAN: Yes, this is a big crowd. This is the second-busiest time of the year. It's only busier during the spring break here. But we're seeing peaks and lulls here; there was a lull at lunchtime, but this morning was very busy. They're expecting the worst around 6:00 tonight.
CHEN: Where do travelers go from Toronto?
MUSSELMAN: Well, this is a major hub in Canada, it serves about 57 destinations in the U.S. Airline officials say about 30 flights every hour are leaving Pearson to the United States, typically Chicago and New York -- Joie.
CHEN: How about the weather there -- have you at all been affected by that in this travel season?
MUSSELMAN: We've had a lot of snow here in Toronto in the past week -- a lot of snow. More than we've had in a couple of years. It's bitterly cold here today, but the planes are moving, the skies are clear. There's some deicing going on, but airport officials here are counting their blessings. Everything is moving smoothly.
CHEN: Well, I wondered about that, because earlier we heard from the Chicago airport -- one of the airports in Chicago. They said that they were having trouble even keeping the fuel on trucks for one particular airline -- keeping that moving -- and the slow, sluggish, frozen fuel there.
Do you hear anything -- any kind of troubles like that either in Toronto or elsewhere in Canada?
MUSSELMAN: Not in Canada; so far, so good in Canada. Like I say, bitterly cold temperatures, but clear skies, so traffic is moving fairly well.
CHEN: All right; John Musselman from CTV, joining us from Toronto.
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