YQY - Latest Updates

REMINDER: Masks are still required at the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport:

The JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is a federally-regulated facility, therefore masks are still required to be worn while inside the terminal building until further notice.

Terminal access is not restricted, passengers, employees and those dropping off, or picking up friends and loved ones are permitted to enter the terminal, providing they wear a mask at all times while in the terminal.

Airline Flight Schedule Updates:

Air Canada:

  • Sydney/Toronto operates once a day, departing YQY at 5:55 AM. 

  • Sydney/Montreal operates once a day, departing YQY at 5:00 PM.  

  • Please contact Air Canada directly for flight booking information -  https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home.html#/


  • Sydney/Halifax operates 3 days per week (Fri-Sat-Mon) departing YQY at 12:50 PM.  

  • Please contact WestJet directly for flight booking information - https://www.westjet.com/en-ca

Effective June 20, 2022, passengers are no longer required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board a plane in Canada, and for federally regulated transportation employees.


Changes to Border Restrictions:

The federal government no longer requires a pre-arrival test for vaccinated travellers. This streamlines the process for fully vaccinated travellers and means that you will no longer need to coordinate a COVID-19 test before returning home. You may be selected for random testing on arrival.
For more information on protective measures currently in place, visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 web page.
It is important to remember that when travelling internationally, your destination may still require a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. Please check with your destination for the latest rules. 

Provincial Travel Requirements

For more information on Nova Scotia travel requirements, please visit the links below:

Travel into Nova Scotia

Travel outside Nova Scotia

Federal Travel Requirements

For more information on federal travel requirements, please visit the Government of Canada page on COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders.


It is important to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight, so you have plenty of time to check in, drop off your bags and go through security screening.

  • Check-in deadlines
    To avoid delays at the airport, we encourage you to check in from 24 hours prior to departure using your airline app or online. If you prefer to check in at the airport, please arrive well before the check-in deadline, so that you are not bumped from your flight. 
  • Baggage drop-off
    Make sure to arrive well before the airline check-in counters close, as you cannot check bags once the deadlines have passed. Overweight baggage can take longer to check. 

Check-in deadlines

It is important to respect the airline check-in deadlines for your itinerary. Failure to respect them may result in the reassignment of any reserved seats, the cancellation of reservations, and/or ineligibility for denied boarding compensation.

Please check with your individual airline to ensure you are planning to arrive on time for your flight:

Air Canadahttps://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/plan/check-in-information/chec…