Departures Guide

Travel Preparation

Packing your luggage with care will minimize your time at the security line and avoid that embarrassing 6AM call to a friend or family member to bring your forgotten passport/ID to the airport.

Before packing, find your airline's luggage policies, make a list and review the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) Pack smart program and follow the guidelines:

  • If you are unsure whether you can bring an item through a security checkpoint or onboard an aircraft, put it in your checked bag or leave it at home.
  • Know airline baggage guidelines, which include information like the permitted sizes and quantities for carry-on luggage, fees for additional checked bags, checking large oversize items and more. Visit your airline's Web site to read their guidelines and contact them directly with specific questions.
  • In general, carry-on luggage is limited to one piece plus one personal item, which includes a purse, briefcase, laptop computer, or small book bag or back pack. Large back packs used for hiking and camping are considered carry-on luggage.
  • Avoid packing important, valuable items in checked baggage. Keep medicines, cash, jewelry, passports, visas, business papers, and irreplaceable items near you in your carry-on bag.
  • Make sure all luggage is tagged and labeled with your name, address, and contact information.
  • Other items that can be carried with you onto an aircraft include: coats, jackets, and wraps; safety seats for children, diaper bags, small bags of snacks and consumable food, books and newspapers, and assistive devices such as strollers.
  • Know CATSA’s Rules for Liquids, Aerosols and Gels. Pack all non-necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols (such as mouthwash, cosmetics, etc.) in checked luggage.
  • Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a package, they will unwrap gifts. Wait until your final destination to wrap presents.
  • All other luggage must be checked at your airline's ticket counter.
  • Get to the Airport

Drive, Get dropped off, take a cab, or ride the bus.

The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport's terminal facility is conveniently set-up for the traveler check-in process. The terminal building is open 24hrs a day.

If you are travelling within Canada or travelling to the United States, you need to be at the airport no later than 90 minutes prior to departure and two hours before a flight to Mexico, the Caribbean or Central America

Each airline has a check-in process cut-off time; make yourself familiar with the cut-off time by contacting your airline as times vary by carrier. 

Upon arrival to the terminal building of the Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport the airline check-in counters are located on the north end of the terminal facility (if you already have not used web check in or need to drop your checked luggage off).

After check-in at the airline counter, if time permits, enjoy one of our retail or food concession locations. Do not forget your duty free purchase if you are heading outside of Canada. During our current construction project, temporary food services including hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks and full bar service are available post-security. You may take food items through security - liquids such as coffee and soup are not permitted through security. 

The next step will be to head through the security screening process which is situated in the center of the terminal.

Remember, if you are carrying prohibited items:

  • leave with family or well- wishers or place in your check baggage
  • leave at pre-board screening and CATSA will dispose of the item(s) to a charitable organization or by regular disposal activities

Upon clearance past the security screening you will proceed to the upper level into the terminal.  During construction the temporary walkway that leads to the terminal is approximately 80 steps - so if you require wheelchair assistance make sure to arrange at time of check-in. Airline agents are happy to accommodate. 

Upon entering the post-security area there is comfortable seating (including a fireplace); TV's, a children's play area; washrooms (including family washrooms); temporary food/bar service area and a wonderful views of the Saskatoon landscape. There are plenty of electrical outlets located in the airport seating to make charging your electronic devices easy. 

Saskatoon does not offer US Customs pre-clearance.

Web Check-In

Many airlines offer web check-in available through the internet allowing you to pick your seat and print your boarding pass up to 24 hours in advance. These airlines also offer mobile check-in so that you are able to have your boarding pass sent right to your mobile device, paper-free!

Choose your airlines web-check in:

Air Canada

Delta Airlines

United Airlines

WestJet Airlines