Air Canada Domestic Flights
Why buy Air Canada domestic flights?
Air Canada is the national carrier of Canada and the most well-known and reliable airline in the country. Along with its subsidiaries, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge, it flies to more than 50 destinations within Canada, making it one of the best-connected airlines in the country.
The airline has hubs in four of Canada's major cities — Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR) and flies all over Canada from these hubs to other big cities, as well as the more remote destinations. The airline also offers point-to-point flights between other Canadian destinations too. So, no matter where you're travelling to within Canada, Air Canada will be able to fly you there.
Air Canada internal flights are known for three things — safety, reliability and its high-quality service. As the national carrier and a full-service airline, Air Canada goes above and beyond when it comes to in-flight service. Some of the world's big carriers will often cut-back on their in-flight offering on domestic flights, due to the short flight time. But, Air Canada offers the same great service on all of its flights.
Air Canada Domestic Routes
Air Canada operates tonnes of domestic routes and flies 100s of domestic flights each day. Some of it's more popular domestic routes are:
- From Toronto to Vancouver, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg
- From Vancouver to Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax
- From Montreal to Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg
- From Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg
Below is a table of all domestic destinations and airports that Air Canada serves:
|Abbotsford||Abbotsford International Airport|
|Calgary||Calgary International Airport|
|Castlegar||West Kootenay Regional Airport|
|Cranbrook||Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport|
|Deer Lake||Deer Lake Regional Airport|
|Edmonton||Edmonton International Airport|
|Fort McMurray||Fort McMurray International Airport|
|Fort St. John||Fort St. John Airport|
|Fredericton||Fredericton International Airport|
|Gander||Gander International Airport|
|Grande Prairie||Grande Prairie Airport|
|Halifax||Halifax Stanfield International Airport|
|Happy Valley-Goose Bay||Goose Bay Airport|
|Îles de la Madeleine||Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport|
|Kelowna||Kelowna International Airport|
|London||London International Airport|
|Moncton||Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport|
|Mont-Tremblant||Mont Tremblant International Airport|
|Montreal||Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport|
|Ottawa||Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport|
|Penticton||Penticton Regional Airport|
|Prince George||Prince George Airport|
|Prince Rupert||Prince Rupert Airport|
|Quebec City||Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport|
|Regina||Regina International Airport|
|Saint John||Saint John Airport|
|Saskatoon||Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker International Airport|
|Sault Ste. Marie||Sault Ste. Marie Airport|
|St. John's||St. John's International Airport|
|Sudbury||Greater Sudbury Airport|
|Sydney||J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport|
|Terrace||Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat|
|Thunder Bay||Thunder Bay International Airport|
|Timmins||Timmins/Victor M. Power Airport|
|Toronto||Toronto Pearson International Airport|
|Toronto||Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport|
|Vancouver||Vancouver International Airport|
|Victoria||Victoria International Airport|
|Whitehorse||Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport|
|Winnipeg||Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport|
Air Canada domestic flights offer three different cabins — Economy Class, Premium Economy and Business Class. Each offers a different level of service, with various benefits. Find out a little about each cabin, so that you can choose the right cabin class for you.
Economy Class is the best value cabin if you're looking to travel in for a great price and in comfort but you don't want to splash out on any extras.
On domestic flights that are under two hours and operated by smaller planes, the Economy cabin offers food and drink available to purchase in-flight or meals available to pre-order, in-flight entertainment available through the Air Canada app on your own personal electronic device and WIFI.
On domestic flights that are longer than two hours and operated by larger planes, the Economy cabin offers complimentary meals, an in-flight entertainment system installed on the aircraft that is available on seat-back screens and complimentary WIFI.
Seats in Economy Class on domestic flights are set out in a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 formation, depending on the plane.
Premium Economy is only available on Air Canada domestic flights that are over two hours in journey time.
Premium Economy offers everything that Economy Class does, with an installed in-flight entertainment system, complimentary meals and WIFI, plus a little bit extra!
In Premium Economy, you're given a dedicated check-in process, priority boarding lanes and special baggage handling.
Premium Economy seats are set out in a 2 x 2 formation and give extra legroom and more seat recline.
Business Class is the most luxurious and relaxed cabin that you can fly in on Air Canada domestic flights.
The Business Class cabin offers in-flight entertainment, WIFI and an exclusive Business Class in-flight meal experience, with its own menu.
In Business Class you're always the first to board. You're also taken through a priority security check process, given priority check-in and baggage handling. Plus, you'll have access to the Air Canada or airport Business Class lounge.
Business Class seats give more comfort than any other seat on the plane. They're set out in a 2 x 2 formation, with extra recline, width and pitch.
Check-In & Arrival
How to check-in
For Air Canada internal flights, you can either check-in online or at the airport.
You can check-in for your domestic flight through the Air Canada online check-in page or on the Air Canada mobile app. Online check-in opens 24 hours before flight time and closes 45 minutes before. You can use online check-in regardless of whether your flight is an Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada Rogue flight.
You can check-in for your domestic flight at the airport by visiting one of the airline check-in desks. Airport check-in closes 45 minutes before flight departure time.
If you've checked in online, you should arrive at the airport at least 60 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.
If you're checking-in at the airport, you should arrive at least 90 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.
Air Canada Domestic Flight Baggage
For domestic Air Canada flights, you can bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, free of charge.
The carry-on bag must fit within the dimensions of 55 cm (21") x 23 cm (9") x 40 cm (15.5").
The personal item must fit within the dimensions of 33 cm (13") x 16 cm (6") x 43 cm (17").
If you're flying in Economy Class, you're not given a free checked baggage allowance. Although, checked baggage is available to purchase at a fee.
If you're flying in Premium Economy or Business Class, you're allowed to check two pieces of baggage free of charge. In Premium Economy, this baggage can't weigh more than 23 kg per piece. In Business Class, this baggage can't weigh more than 32 kg per piece.
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Do you need a passport for Air Canada domestic flights?
No, you don't need a passport to travel within Canada, unless you're a non-Canadian citizen.
If you're a Canadian citizen, all you need is one piece of government-issued photo ID that also shows your date of birth and gender. Or, you can use two pieces of government-issued non-photo identification that also show your date of birth and gender and both match.
How early should I arrive for Air Canada domestic flights?
You should arrive for your Air Canada domestic flight at least 90 minutes before flight departure time if you're checking-in at the airport and at least 60 minutes before flight departure time if you've already checked-in online and don't have any baggage.
Which terminal do Air Canada domestic flights depart from?
The terminal that your Air Canada domestic flight will depart from depends on which airport you're departing from. Here are the departure terminals for each of Air Canada's domestic hubs:
- Toronto International Airport: Terminal 1
- Montréal-Trudeau International Airport: a single terminal
- Vancouver International Airport: Main Terminal
- Calgary International Airport: both terminal buildings
Does Air Canada charge for baggage on domestic flights?
Yes, if you're flying in Economy Class, Air Canada charges for baggage on domestic flights. At Alternative Airlines, you can add baggage to your Air Canada domestic flight at the time of booking. Check out our page on how to add baggage to find out more.
If you're flying in Premium Economy or Business Class on an Air Canada domestic flight, you'll be given a free baggage allowance and won't be charged for baggage.
What meals are available on Air Canada domestic flights?
Meals are available on domestic flights for a fee if you're flying in Economy Class and are given as complimentary if you're flying in Premium Economy or Business Class.
If you fly in Economy Class or Premium Economy, your meal box consists of one main (e.g a sandwich or wrap) and two snacks (e.g chocolate, cereal bar, nuts or potato chips), as well a drink of your choice.
If you fly in Business Class, you're able to order from the airline's special Business Class menu, which has a variety of choice.