Check-in and boarding gate deadlines

It's important to always arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight. This will ensure you have plenty of time to check in, drop off your bags and go through security screening.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from Toronto Pearson International Airport on a flight departing before 10 am, please note that wait times are longer than usual at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For this reason, it is suggested that you arrive at the airport three (3) hours before your flight's scheduled departure time. Pre-board security screening for departures to the U.S. at Toronto-Pearson opens to passengers at 4:00 AM and, as of July 24th, 2016, at 03:30 AM.

Longer wait times do not affect members of a known traveller program, such as Nexus or Global Entry.

Check-in and boarding gate deadlines
Itinerary When you should check in Check-in / baggage drop-off ends Boarding gate closes
Within Canada 90 minutes 45 minutes 15 minutes
To/From the U.S. 120 minutes 60 minutes 15 minutes
International(including Mexico and the Caribbean) 120 minutes 60 minutes 15 minutes
From Casablanca, Morocco 180 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes
From Tel-Aviv, Israel 180 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes

† Exception: 20 minutes for flights departing from Toronto City Airport (YTZ).

How early can I check in?

You can check in for your flight as early as:

How early can I drop off my bags?

You may check your bags at the baggage drop-off counter at the earliest:

I have a connecting flight. What should I know about minimum connection times?

For a smooth connection between flights, it's important to give yourself adequate time between your first flight's arrival and your next flight's departure, in order to allow for security checks and any necessary terminal changes. Learn more about minimum connection times.

What else do I need to know?

Check-in/baggage drop-off and boarding gate deadlines are important. Failure to respect these deadlines may result in the reassignment of any reserved seats, the cancellation of reservations, and/or ineligibility for denied boarding compensation.

Codeshare flights: If you are travelling on a codeshare flight, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the other airline's policies on check-in times and procedures.

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