Check-in and boarding gate deadlines

In order to allow plenty of time for check-in procedures, baggage drop-off and security checks, always arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight.

Please familiarize yourself with the check-in/baggage drop-off and boarding gate deadlines in the table below. 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.

Important:
  • If you are travelling on a codeshare flight, please familiarize yourself with the other airline’s policies on check-in times and procedures.

Check-in Tip: To avoid airport line-ups, try our convenient Web Check-in, Mobile Check-in or our self-service Check-in kiosks available at most airports used by Air Canada.


Check in early

You can check in for your flight at any time within 24 hours of departure when you use our convenient Web check-in orMobile check-in options, or within 12 hours at one of our self-service check-in kiosks located in most of the airports Air Canada serves. You should check in no later than the times indicated in the ‘Recommended check-in time’ column.

Although you can check in as early as 24 hours before your flight, please note that baggage may only be checked in at the baggage drop-off counter at the earliest:

  • four (4) hours prior to departure for flights from Canada or the U.S., and
  • three (3) hours prior to departure for flights from all other locations.

Check-in and boarding gate deadlines

Travel
Recommended
check-in time*
Check-in/baggage
drop-off deadline**
Boarding gate
deadline***
Within Canada
90 minutes
45 minutes

† Exception: 20 minutes for flights departing from Toronto City Airport (YTZ).
20 minutes
To/From the U.S.
120 minutes
60 minutes
20 minutes
International (including Mexico and the Caribbean)
120 minutes
60 minutes
30 minutes
Caracas, Venezuela
180 minutes
90 minutes
60 minutes
Tel-Aviv, Israel
180 minutes
75 minutes
60 minutes
*
Recommended check-in time
You should check in no later than the times indicated in this column. This will ensure you have plenty of time to check in, drop off your checked baggage and pass through security.
E.g. if your flight from Paris leaves at 4 pm, we recommend that you check in no later than 2:00 pm (i.e. 120 minutes before your flight).
**
Check-in and baggage drop-off deadline
You must have checked in, obtained your boarding pass and deposited all checked baggage at the baggage drop-off counter before the check-in deadline for your flight.
E.g. if your flight to or from a U.S. city leaves at 7 am, you must have checked in and deposited your checked baggage by no later than 6 am (i.e. 60 minutes before your flight).
***
Boarding gate deadline
You must be present at the boarding gate by the boarding gate deadline.
E.g. if your flight from Toronto to Ottawa leaves at 11 am, you must be at the boarding gate by no later than 10:40 am (i.e. 20 minutes before your flight).