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Tips business travellers need to know as they plan their business travel meeting

Airports in Canada  are considered some of the busiest in the world, and while an airport is the last place you want to get stranded when you need to be at a crucial meeting or significant personal event, your chances of getting stuck at these big international hubs are high. In 2018,  a little over 33,000  flights were affected by cancellations or delays of three hours or more, and a little over 263,000  flights were disrupted in total. Passengers are by law entitled to compensation for long flight disruptions, unfortunately 87 per cent of travelers globally don’t know their rights.

“This is why I started AirHelp. During my business travels, I saw a critical void in the airline industry where airlines have been allowed to disregard passengers’ rights to a timely flight, with no one to advocate on the passengers’ behalf or hold airlines accountable,” says AirHelp CEO Henrik Zillmer.

Since launching in 2013, AirHelps small team has grown to more than 550 employees globally. With services available in 30 countries, AirHelp is dedicated to helping the worlds travellers gain the compensation that they deserve, and fighting for their rights. To date, AirHelp has been able to  help 7 million travelers.

For the business traveller that needs to firm up those last minute details, AirHelp has pulled together a list of Canada’s busiest airports and best times to travel that will help any business traveler when flying.

Top 5 Worst Airports for on-time performance in 2018

Across the country, the below are some of busiest and worst airports when it comes to on-time performance. Travelers flying out of the below airports have on average a 65 per cent chance that they will likely experience a delay or cancellation. Bare in mind, flight disruptions only get worse during high traffic season’s, keep this list on hand for easy reference when you’re planning a personal or business trip in the coming months domestically, or to the US.

Airport On-time Performance
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) 69%
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) 68%
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport(YQB) 67%
Toronto Lester B Pearson International (YYZ) 66%
Toronto Bishop Billy City (YTZ) 60%

Best Time to Fly from the Busiest Airports

The good news is, AirHelp can also advise when to fly, to avoid disruptions, beat the busiest airport traffic, and arrive on-time at your destination. If you’re looking for the best times to plan a flight out of the top five busiest airports in Canada, the early bird gets the worm. Your best chances of catching an on-time flight at these airports on average would be between 6:00 am – 12:00 pm.  If you’re traveling out of one of the below five airports – which are the busiest in the country – aim to book your flight in the morning and fly out on:

Airport Day
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Tuesday
Calgary International Airport (YYC) Tuesday
Edmonton International Airport (YEG) Tuesday
Toronto Lester B Pearson International (YYZ) Saturday
Toronto Bishop Billy City (YTZ) Wednesday

To make sure all your bases are covered, there are a variety of apps that AirHelp recommends downloading, to help organize the chaos of booking (and surviving) your business travels. Download these apps to help make  your next trip a breeze:

  • Dayuse: Dayuse allows you to book a hotel room stay specifically between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for 50-75% off the nightly rate.
  • AirHelp: If you have experienced a delayed or cancelled flight, you can check your eligibility for compensation on the go, and make a claim in a matter of minutes through AirHelp’s free in-app Boarding Pass scanner. The app is available for iOS and Android.
  • FLIO: If you have a long layover or your flight is delayed for a few hours, make the most of your time trapped in the airport with FLIO. This app and service provides extensive info about an airport, including any services offered, Wi-Fi networks, available lounges, transit options, and where to eat.
  • Hopper: Hopper keeps track of flight ticket prices and periodically provides an update on whether you should buy your ticket now, or wait until later. This travel app includes an incredible level of detail. For example, it not only tells you if you should wait to buy your ticket, but it also gives you a date when it predicts the price will rise. Hopper also offers to help you book your ticket, if you agree to pay a commission fee of a few dollars.

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About AirHelp

AirHelp is the world’s leading flight delays compensation company, helping passengers apply for compensation following a delayed, cancelled or denied boarding. Since launching in 2013, AirHelp has helped more than seven million people. AirHelp has offices across the world, is available in 30 countries, offers support in 16 languages, and employs more than 550 employees globally.

For further information or to arrange an interview with AirHelp, please contact:Victoria Mattacchione at Strategic Objectives

Email: [email protected] ; Tel: 416.366.7735, Ext. 260