Air Canada Minimum Connection Times

Minimum Connection Times

For a smooth connection between flights, it's important to give yourself adequate time between the arrival of your first flight and the departure of your next. This time between flights is known as your minimum connection time, and it’s needed to allow for security checks and any terminal changes.

A few things you should know:

  • It’s important to respect the minimum connection time between flights.
    • Flights without an adequate connection time can’t be booked.
  • The sample connection times provided in the tables below apply to:
    • Air Canada flights
    • Air Canada Rouge flights
    • Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz
  • The connection times for flights operated by other airlines may vary.
  • The term 'International' applies to any city outside Canada or the U.S. (e.g. cities in Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America)

Within Canada

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 35 min*
Charlottetown 30 min
Edmonton 35 min*
Fredericton 30 min
Halifax 30 min**
Moncton 30 min
Montreal 40 min
Ottawa 35 min*
Quebec City 20 min***
Regina 30 min
Saint John, NB 30 min
Saskatoon 20 min
St John's, NL 25 min
Thunder Bay 15 min
Toronto 40 min
Vancouver 40 min*
Winnipeg 25 min

Example:If you're travelling from Sudbury to Vancouver with a connecting flight in Toronto, you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 45 minutes between your arrival in Toronto and your departure for Vancouver.
* 30 minutes for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz
** 25 minutes for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz
*** 15 minutes for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz

From Canada to the U.S.

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 50 min
Edmonton 50 min
Halifax 45 min
Montreal 55 min
Ottawa 50 min
Quebec City 30 min*
Regina 30 min
Saint John,NB 60 min
Toronto 1 h 10 min
Vancouver 1 h 10 min
Winnipeg 1 h 15 min

Example: If you're travelling from Victoria to San Francisco with a connecting flight in Vancouver, you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 1 hour 10 min between your arrival in Vancouver and your departure for San Francisco.
* 15 minutes for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz

From Canada to an international destination

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 40 min
Edmonton 35 min
Halifax 40 min
Montreal 40 min
Ottawa 45 min
St John's, NL 45 min
Toronto 60 min
Vancouver 60 min
Winnipeg 45 min

Example: If you're travelling from Quebec City to Paris with a connecting flight in Montreal, you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 40 min between your arrival in Montreal and your departure for Paris.

From the U.S. to Canada

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 60 min
Edmonton 50 min
Halifax 45 min
Montreal 1 h 30 min
60 min after October 29, 2022
Ottawa 55 min
Quebec City 30 min
Regina 60 min
Saint John,NB 90 min
Toronto 1 h 40 min
1h 10 min after October 29, 2022
Vancouver 1 h 10 min
Winnipeg 45 min

Example: If you're travelling from Los Angeles to Edmonton with a connecting flight in Calgary, you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 1 hour between your arrival in Calgary and your departure for Edmonton.

From the U.S. to an international destination

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 60 min
Edmonton 60 min
Halifax 45 min
Montreal 40 min
Ottawa 60 min
Toronto 60 min
Vancouver 60 min

Example: If you're travelling from Albany to Frankfurt with a connecting flight in Torontoyou'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 1 hour between your arrival in Toronto and your departure for Frankfurt.

International to Canada

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 60 min
Edmonton 60 min
Halifax 60 min
Montreal

90 min until October 29, 2022
60 min after October 29, 2022

Exception 1 - from June 1st until October 29, 2022:

  • 2 hours when arriving at Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) from one of the following cities and flying onward to Toronto Pearson (YYZ):
    • Algiers (ALG), Bogotá (BOG), Cairo (CAI), Cayo Coco (CCC), Casablanca (CMN), Cancun (CUN), Cozumel (CZM), Samaná (AZS), Fort-de-France (FDF), Mexico City (MEX), Delhi (DEL), Providenciales (PLS), Puerto Plata (POP), Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP), Punta Cana (PUJ), San José (SJO), São Paulo (GRU), Tel Aviv (TLV), Varadero (VRA)
  • 1 h 30 min when arriving from one of the cities listed above and flying onward to another Canadian airport.
Ottawa 60 min
St John's, NL 60 min
Toronto

1 h 45 until October 29, 2022
1 h 15 after October 29, 2022

Exception - from June 1st until October 29, 2022:

  • 2 hours when arriving at Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) from one of the following cities and flying onward to Montreal-Trudeau (YUL):
    • Bogotá (BOG), Doha (DOH), Dubai (DXB), Grand Cayman (GCM), Mexico City (MEX), Puerto Plata (POP), Punta Cana (PUJ), San José (SJO), Santa Clara (SNU), Santiago (SCL), Seoul (ICN), Shanghai (PVG), Port of Spain (POS)
  • 1 h 45 min when arriving at Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) from one of the cities listed above and flying onward to another Canadian airport.
Vancouver

1 h 20

Exception - from June 1st until October 29, 2022:

  • 1 h 50 min when arriving in Vancouver (YVR) from one of the following cities and flying onward to another Canadian airport:
    • Mexico City (MEX), Seoul (ICN), Shanghai (PVG), Tokyo (NRT)

Example: If you're travelling from Beijing to Ottawa with a connecting flight in Toronto, you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 1 h 15 min between your arrival in Toronto and your departure for Ottawa.

International to the U.S.

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Calgary 1 h 15 min
Edmonton 1 h 15 min
Halifax 1 h 15 min
Montreal 1 h 10 min
Ottawa 1 h 15 min
Toronto 1 h 25 min
Vancouver 1 h 10 min

Example: If you're travelling from Zurich to Boston with a connecting flight in Montreal,you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 1 h 10 min between your arrival in Montreal and your departure for Boston.

International to international

Connecting through Minimum Connection Time
Montreal 40 min
Toronto 60 min
Vancouver 60 min

Example: If you're travelling from London to Mexico City with a connecting flight in Toronto, you'll need to provide for a minimum connection time of 1 hour between your arrival in Toronto and your departure for Mexico City.