Release date: 
15 December 2003 :00am
December 15th, 2003 (Ottawa) – While Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th are expected to be the busiest travel days of the holiday season, a bit of planning will make travel throughout the season more enjoyable for all.

The Ottawa Airport Authority is working with tenants and air carriers to ensure that all are prepared for higher than normal traffic through the airport during the next few weeks.

“We’re doing what we can to ensure smooth passenger processing” said Paul Benoit, the President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, “but we need the travelling public to do their part.”

“We encourage travellers to wrap their gifts when they reach their destination, and ask that carry-on luggage be free of any objects such as scissors, letter openers, and other sharp objects that could be considered as weapons. With everyone’s help, holiday travel will be enjoyable and relaxing.”

More information concerning prohibited or dangerous items can be found at

Due to increased passenger volume, travellers are asked to arrive at the airport earlier than they normally would to account for the anticipated traffic levels in the terminal. In the event of poor weather, flight information will be available either by checking with individual carriers, or by checking the Ottawa International Airport website at

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region. Its new state-of-the-art passenger terminal building opened for business on October 12, 2003.

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Krista Kealey
Ottawa Airport Authority
(613) 248-2050