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
15 min
Edmonton
35 min*
Fredericton
15 min
Halifax
30 min**
Moncton
15 min
Montreal
40 min
Ottawa
35 min*
Quebec City
20 min***
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*
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
20 min
Saint John, NB
30 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
60 min
Ottawa
55 min
Quebec City
45 min
Regina
60 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.

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 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
60 min
Edmonton
60 min
Halifax
60 min
Montreal
60 min
Ottawa
60 min
St John's, NL
60 min
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
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.