John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (“YHM”)

Hamilton is served by the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (“YHM”), on the southern edge of the city. This airport grew out of the WWII Commonwealth Air Training Station, and is named for a legendary Hamilton member of parliament who served in several cabinet capacities from 1963 to 1984, and then was head of Transport Canada for several years.

In 1980, the airport expanded by building a new east-west 8,000 ft. east-west runway, an expanded air terminal building with exapanded parking. This enabling the airport to accommodate larger aircraft, and the new 1985 Passenger Terminal Building enabled HIA to process up to 450,000 passengers per year with ease.
In 2002, the airport underwent a second expansion, in order to meet the needs of WestJet, as well as the various winter tour operators, with the Canada Customs capacity is increased to 200 persons/hr

Hamilton International offers high-speed wireless internet service throughout its entire terminal. Travelers can sign in online, accept their payment option and begin surfing right away. Rates are $0.30 per minute, $4 for first 15 minutes, $9 a day, or $46 per month. For daily and monthly rates, you can use this at any participating Opti-fi airport locations in Canada and around the world.


Hamilton International Airport offers parking for about 2200 vehicles including Short-Term parking located directly in front of the Air Terminal Building and Long-Term parking located just beyond the short-term lot. Both lots are fully automated for entry, and you can use your Credit Card for faster check-in and check-out (must be the same credit card). For Long Term parking rates are $2 per half hour, with maximums of $10 per day, $50 for the first week (plus $10 per day thereafter). The short term parking is also $2 per half hour, with a daily maximum of $14 per day, $70 for the first week (plus $14 per day thereafter)

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Rd, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0

The airport is also home to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum,which houses some of the most beautiful and rare historic Canadian and British military aircraft. The museum has one of only two Lancaster Bombers left flying in the world. Admission $$

Lester B. International Airport (YYZ)

Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario
about 80 km east of Hamilton, via QEW & the 427.
Pearson is the busiest airport in Canada, with a complete range of flights from across Canada and over 100 countries from around the world. (Toronto airport weather)

Ground Travel to/From Pearson

Travelling time to the airport from Hamilton is just over one hour. Limousine and bus service connections are available to Hamilton. Shuttle bus fares are about $65 one way.

Departure Recommendations

  • For flights within Canada, check in at least 90 minutes prior to departure
  • For flights to the U.S., check in a minimum of 2 hours prior to departure

For international flights, check in a minimum of 2 hours prior to departure
Pearson Airport’s peak hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with passenger volume significantly higher during the winter holiday season, March break and the summer. During these times, allow extra time for parking, check-in, security screening, etc.

  • Terminal 1 is for Air Canada’s overseas flights plus most Star Alliance partners.
  • Terminal 3 is for WestJet and most non-Canadian airlines.

The airport has its own dedicated radio station, CFYZ 1280 AM, which broadcasts arrivals, departures, traffic, weather, travel stories and aviation features.

More information about Pearson Airport, which covers the community & hotels around the airport.