Minimum connection times

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

Use the tables below to plan your travel itinerary, and make sure to respect minimum allowable connection times. Flights without adequate connection time cannot be booked.

Note:
The sample connection times provided in the tables below apply only to Air Canada flights and Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz; other airlines' connection times may vary.
'International' applies to any flight departing from outside Canada and the U.S. (i.e. Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America)

Canada to Canada
...connecting through:
Minimum Connection Time
Calgary

35 min* (30 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)

Charlottetown
15 min
Edmonton
35 min* (30 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)
Fredericton
15 min
Halifax
30 min (25 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)
Moncton
15 min
Montreal
40 min
Ottawa
35 min (30 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)
Quebec City
20 min (15 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)
Regina
20 min
Saint John, NB
20 min
Saskatoon
20 min
St John's, NL
15 min
Thunder Bay
15 min
Toronto
45 min
Vancouver
40 min* (30 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)
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.

Canada to 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 (15 min for connections between 2 Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz)
Regina
20 min
Saint John, NB
30 min
Toronto
1 h 10 min
Vancouver
1 h 10 min
Winnipeg
45 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.

Canada to international
...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
1 hour
Vancouver
1 hour
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.

U.S. to Canada
...connecting through:
Minimum Connection Time
Calgary
1 hour
Edmonton
50 min
Halifax
45 min
Montreal
1 hour
Ottawa
55 min
Quebec City
30 min
Regina
30 min
Saint John, NB
40 min
Toronto
1 h 10 min
Vancouver
1 h 10 min
Winnipeg
45 min


Example: If you're travelling from Denver to Lethbridge 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 Lethbridge.

U.S. to international
...connecting through:
Minimum Connection Time
Calgary
1 hour
Edmonton
1 hour
Halifax
45 min
Montreal
40 min
Ottawa
1 hour
Toronto
1 hour
Vancouver
1 hour


Example: If you're travelling from Albany to Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt.

International to Canada
...connecting through:
Minimum Connection Time
Calgary
1 hour
Edmonton
1 h 15 min
Halifax
1 hour
Montreal
1 hour
Ottawa
1 hour
St John's, NL
1 hour
Toronto
1 h 15 min
Vancouver
1h 20 min


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
1 hour
Vancouver
1 hour


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.