Check-in and Boarding Times

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.

Itinerary When you should check in Check-in / baggage drop-off ends Boarding gate closes
Within Canada 90 minutes 45 minutes 30 minutes
To/From the U.S. 120 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes
International (including Mexico and the Caribbean) 120 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes
From Algiers (Algeria), Casablanca (Morocco) and Tel Aviv (Israel) 180 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes
To the U.S. From Toronto Pearson For departures before 10 am, wait times are longer than usual at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canadian Air Transport Security Association (CATSA) pre-board screening. You should arrive at the airport three (3) hours before your flight's scheduled departure time. Pre-board security screening for departures to the U.S. opens at 4:00 AM.

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

You can check in for your flight as early as:

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

  • 4 hours prior to departure for flights from Canada or the U.S.
  • 3 hours prior to departure for flights from all other locations.

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.

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.