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Direct Flights from Ottawa | the complete list

More and more travelers are getting fed up with the problems and headaches associated with connecting flights and stopovers. Below you will find a comprehensive list of everywhere you can fly to from Ottawa, Ontario on a direct flight, along with the best methods for finding direct flights.

For the record, the correct terminology for a single flight between two cities that doesn't have any stopovers is actually supposed to be called a nonstop flight. And the technical definition of a direct flight is actually a flight that makes one stop along the way, but uses a single flight number.

In the real world though, I'd say 99% of travelers also use the term direct flight to refer to a flight that doesn't have a stopover along the way. So for the purposes of this article I'll use the terms direct and nonstop to both refer to the same thing, a flight that gets you from point A to point B without stopping .

How to find direct (nonstop) flights from Ottawa, Ontario:

Method #1: Google Flights

- In the box under 'roundtrip', type in 'Ottawa, Canada (YOW)' if it isn't set already
- Above the map, click on Stops and change it to 'Nonstop'

It should look something like this:

Google Flights map of everywhere with direct flights from Ottawa, Ontario

What you want to look for are the BLUE dots. These are the destinations with direct flights available from Ottawa. Ignore the white dots. You may need to zoom in a bit to see some of the blue dots.

Method #2: OpenFlights.org

- Type in YOW in the search bar at the lower right section of the map, and select Ottawa Macdonald Cartier Intl (YOW), Canada when it pops up.
- Hit Search

This will also display a map of destinations with direct flights from Ottawa. Unlike Google Flights though, it doesn't retrieve prices, but has some other features you may find useful, such as figuring out where you can fly to directly from airports in foreign countries. (Google Flights doesn't yet display flight data from countries outside North America).

Between these two methods, you can get a pretty good idea of what destinations you can fly to directly from Ottawa. Neither one has perfect data though, and either can be missing destinations, especially with regards to charter flights or seasonal flights.

For that reason, I've compiled what I believe to be the complete and accurate list of *all* destinations that have direct flights available from Ottawa. Note that some may be seasonal flights and only available at certain times of the year.

The complete list of destinations with direct (nonstop) flights from Ottawa, Ontario

Updated: Oct 15, 2018

* = direct flights are seasonal (typically, the flights are available for winter travel)

Under 1 hour

YTZ - Toronto, Ontario (Porter)
YUL - Montreal, Quebec (Air Canada)
YYB - North Bay, Ontario (Bearskin Airlines)
YYZ - Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada, WestJet)

1-2 hours

BOS - Boston, Massachusetts (Air Canada, United)
DCA - Washington, D.C. (Air Canada)
DTW - Detroit, Michigan (Delta)
EWR - Newark, New Jersey (Air Canada, United)
IAD - Washington, D.C. (Air Canada, United)
LGA - New York City, New York (Delta)
PHL - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (American Airlines)
YFC - Fredericton, New Brunswick (Air Canada)
YHZ - Halifax, Nova Scotia (Air Canada, Porter, WestJet)
YKF - Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario (Bearskin Airlines)
YQB - Quebec City, Quebec (Air Canada)
YQM - Moncton, New Brunswick (Air Canada, Porter)
YSB - Sudbury, Ontario (Bearskin Airlines)
YXU - London, Ontario (Air Canada)
YYG - Charlottetown, PEI (Air Canada*)

2-3 hours

ORD - Chicago, Illinois (Air Canada, United)
YWG - Winnipeg, Manitoba (Air Canada, WestJet)
YYT - St. John's, Newfoundland (Air Canada, WestJet*)

3-4 hours

FLL - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Air Canada*)
MCO - Orlando, Florida (Air Canada*, Air Transat*, Sunwing*, WestJet*)
RSW - Fort Myers, Florida (WestJet*)
TPA - Tampa Bay, Florida (WestJet*)
VRA - Varadero, Cuba (Air Canada*, Air Transat*, Sunwing*, WestJet*)
YFB - Iqaluit, Nunavut (Canadian North, First Air)
YXE - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Air Canada*)

4-5 hours

CCC - Cayo Coco, Cuba (Sunwing*)
CUN - Cancun, Mexico (Air Canada*, Air Transat*, Sunwing*, WestJet*)
HOG - Holguin, Cuba (Sunwing*)
MBJ - Montego Bay, Jamaica (Air Transat*, Sunwing*, WestJet*)
POP - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Air Canada*, Air Transat*, Sunwing*)
PUJ - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Air Canada*, Air Transat*, Sunwing*, WestJet*)
SNU - Santa Clara, Cuba (Air Canada*, Air Transat*, Sunwing*)
YEG - Edmonton, Alberta (Air Canada, WestJet)
YVR - Vancouver, British Columbia (Air Canada, WestJet*)
YYC - Calgary, Alberta (Air Canada, WestJet)

5-6 hours

PVR - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Sunwing*)

7-8 hours

FRA - Frankfurt, Germany (Air Canada*)
LHR - London, England (Air Canada)

If you spot any errors or missing destinations, please give me a shout, it's definitely appreciated.


Oct 15, 2018 - WestJet is no longer offering direct flights from Ottawa to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL).

Jul 23, 2018 - WestJet's direct flights from Ottawa to Vancouver are now seasonal (May to October).

Jul 26, 2017 - Air Canada and United Airlines no longer fly to LaGuardia (LGA) in New York City. Only Delta does. Air Canada and United now use Newark (EWR).

Jul 6, 2017 - Air Canada now offers seasonal direct flights from Ottawa to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP).

May 29, 2017 - American Airlines and WestJet no longer offer direct flights to Chicago (ORD).

May 15, 2017 - Air Canada no longer offers direct flights to Regina, Saskatchewan (YQR). Porter no longer offers non-stop flights from Ottawa to St. John's, Newfoundland. WestJet now offers seasonal non-stop flights from Ottawa to St. John's, Newfoundland.

Apr 15, 2017 - US Airways no longer offers direct flights to Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT)

Feb 17, 2017 - Air Transat no longer offers direct flights to London, Gatwick (LGW)

October 19, 2015 - Air Canada no longer offers direct flights to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS)

July 20, 2015 - CanJet no longer operates any direct flights from Ottawa.

November 9, 2015 - Air Canada's direct flights to Frankfurt are now seasonal. They start in May, and are available through to the end of summer.

Jan 11, 2016 - Air Canada no longer offers direct flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Aug 9, 2016 - WestJet no longer offers direct flights from Ottawa to Las Vegas.

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