Check-In and Boarding Times

To ensure a smooth start to your trip, here’s a summary of important check-in information to get you on your way.

Web check-in

Web check-in is the fastest and easiest way to check in for your Porter flight. You can check in online starting 24 hours before your scheduled departure time. Web check-in closes 60 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

Airport check-in

Airport check-in generally opens 2 hours before departure (or during the given station operating hours). Getting to the airport, completing check-in and going through security takes time, so we recommend arriving at the airport as early as possible; no later than 60 minutes prior to a domestic flight and 90 minutes prior to an international flight.

You will need to allow for extra check in time if:

  • you require special assistance
  • you are travelling with a pet
  • you are dropping off an unaccompanied minor or
  • you are travelling with oversized or overweight baggage

Check-in and boarding times depend on the originating airport as outlined below. All times shown are prior to scheduled departure and apply to flights operated by Porter Airlines.

Travel within Canada

Airport Check-In/Baggage Drop-Off Closes Boarding Gate Closes
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport 20 minutes 10 minutes
Other Airports 30 minutes 10 minutes

You need to have your boarding pass with you and your checked bags dropped off before check-in closes or you will not be able to board your flight.

Travel to/from international destinations

Airport Check-In/Baggage Drop-Off Closes Boarding Gate Closes
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport 45 minutes 10 minutes
Other Airports 60 minutes 10 minutes

You need to have your boarding pass with you and your checked bags dropped off before check-in closes or you will not be able to board your flight.

At the gate

Your boarding gate and time will be displayed on your boarding pass. We encourage you to arrive to the gate area no later than the time shown.

If you are not at the gate available for boarding 10 minutes prior to departure, even if you have checked in and received your boarding pass, you will be denied boarding and will not be entitled to denied boarding compensation.

Before you leave for the airport

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Before travel, we recommend that you check the Travel Alerts and Advisories page to see if there are weather advisories or travel alerts affecting your departure or arrival airport, so you can plan for extra time if needed.

If you need special assistance

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If you have specific travel needs and require assistance, you’ll need to allow for extra check-in time. Please arrive at least 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight and notify our staff so that we can provide you with the best possible service.

To learn more about the services we offer to passengers with specific travel needs, please visit our Disability Assistance pages.

What you’ll need to check in

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Make sure you have what you need before you arrive at the security checkpoint. The documentation needed can vary depending on your destination, so it’s good to check ahead to make sure you’re good to go.

For more information about the types of ID accepted for travel, please visit Identification Requirements.

Security processing times

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CATSA and TSA advise arriving at the airport early for your flight. If you’re traveling during peak times like early morning or evening, or during holidays, please plan accordingly and allow for extra time.

If you are departing from Canada, visit CATSA’s Current Wait Times External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines page for up-to-date security wait times for some of Canada’s busiest airports. Information is available for Halifax, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City and St. John’s.

If you are departing from the U.S., visit TSA’s View Security Wait Times External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines page for up-to-date information about your departure airport.

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