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Before You Arrive

Travelling to NWO

Metropolitan Canadian cities such as Toronto and Winnipeg are points of entry into Canada for international travelers arriving by air, with connecting flights to Thunder Bay. Travelers destined for other cities and communities in the Northwestern Ontario region commonly come through Thunder Bay. Once arriving in Thunder Bay, travelers can commute to other northwestern communities via regional flight services provided by regional airlines such as Bearskin Airlines. Other methods of travel across the region include bus and road networks.  For more information about travelling around Northwestern Ontario click here.

The Thunder Bay International Airport

Thunder Bay International Airport is located in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  With 96,369 aircraft movements in 2008, it was the 6th busiest airport in Ontario and the 22nd busiest airport in Canada. The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Airlines in Service at the Thunder Bay International Airport

 Airline       Destinations (Subject to Change)
Air Canada Jazz
 Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
 Air Creebec
 Timmins
 Bearskin Airlines
 Dryden, Fort Frances, North Bay,
Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout,
Sudbury, Winnipeg
 Delta Connection
operated by Mesaba Airlines
 Minneapolis/St. Paul
 Porter Airlines
 Toronto-City Centre
 Wasaya Airways
 Sioux Lookout
 WestJet  Punta Cana (seasonal), Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
















Airport Security

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

Before travelling it is important to review any new security measures and customs regulations enforced at international airports at or near the time of travel.  These security measures and policies can drastically affect waiting times and boarding connecting flights on time.  It is recommended by most international airports to check in up to 3 hours before your scheduled departure to ensure plenty of time for pre-boarding, customs and baggage security checks. 

There are many rules and regulations to be aware of regarding travelling with goods and other merchandise items.  The links below provide lists of permitted items, non-permitted items and lists of important security and general airport policies practiced by Canadian international airports. 

Topics covered include:
  • New security measures
  • Illegal items
  • Baggage
  • Food & drink
  • Toiletries and personal care products
  • Medical
  • Alcohol & Duty Free
  • Camping and sporting equipment
  • Pre-Boarding screening experience
  • Religious, cultural and ceremonial items
  • Passports and customs

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