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Ottawa (YOW)
Halifax Intl
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7.7
Porter Airlines
Overall score based on 2,713 reviews
7.8
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
8.3
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
7.8
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Amy was outstanding, she provided excellent service."
Cons: "I wasn’t notified that the basic fare didn’t include carry-on baggage. It was disappointing having to pay for checked baggage without notification."

Pros: "Really like the wine and chips included."
Cons: "No entertainment options, but not a big deal considering how short all their routes are."

Pros: "Friendly crew"
Cons: "All good"

Pros: "The cookies"
Cons: "They bumped our flight for no reason and we sat for 3 extra hours in Toronto as several flights to our destination passed"

Pros: "Very friendly crew, we were a bit delayed but they dealt with us as quickly and politely as possible."
Cons: "A better idea of what was happening when the plane had to be delayed-we all lined up, then they got notice that we couldn't leave yet."

Pros: "Beverages and variety of snacks on such a short flight - impressive"

Pros: "On time, loved the Porter Lounge at Billy Bishop. Crew was friendly and helpful."
Cons: "Didn’t realize that my fare didn’t include carryon, so had to pay extra to bring my briefcase."

Pros: "Crew very nice"

Pros: "Nothing whatsoever!"
Cons: "Received e-mail about flight being cancelled on way to airport and could not get us on another flight for 4 hours. The cancellation was incredibly last minute and caused us to be stuck waiting in the airport almost 6 hours as the flight we got rebooked on was also delayed about an hour. The incredibly rude, unsympathetic and condescending associates that we experienced did not offer any solutions or show any compassion for the situation we, and others, were being put through. I will never fly Porter again and have told everyone I meet (and in my profession, that is a lot of people) never to fly Porter airlines. I was disgusted by the whole experienced. Shame on you!"

Pros: "All ok. Pilots did a great job landing in heavy winds and low temps. Bravo"
Cons: "Left late. Are later. No big problem"

Pros: "First time in 10 flights in 3 months flying with Porter in time - what a miracle!"

Cons: "Original flight cancelled. Missed connection in Toronto. Rebooked flight was delayed departing Ottawa. Layover of 2 hours in Toronto. Flight to Windsor delayed as arrival from Montreal was late. 7:30 pm departure now delayed to 8:15 pm departure. I could have drived Ottawa to Windsor in same amount of time. Total waste of money! Still waiting at lounge in Billy Bishop Airport as I write this. And the weather was perfect today! What’s going on?"

Pros: "I love the in-flight food and drink service and the airport terminal comfort and amenities."
Cons: "Porter is incessantly late every single time. I'm"

Pros: "Everything was very good."

Pros: "I love the attention and the care they bring to every one. Thank you very much for connected me with my family"

Pros: "Staff was curtious and helpful. Also enjoyed free snacks"
Cons: "No charge port or app to watch movies"

Cons: "There is only 1 lavatory on the plane and early in the flight they had to shut it down! Luckily there were no incidents but how can you not have a working lavatory?! What would they do if someone really had to go?"

Pros: "I slept the whole flight"
Cons: "i"

Pros: "The flight was on time - for once."
Cons: "Nothing to not like. No food or entertainment to rate."

Pros: "Seating was comfortable"
Cons: "Delayed flight"

Pros: "I live the employee that took me to the lounge. I thought the lounge was great. The flight was fine."
Cons: "No one met me at the gate in Toronto. All the passenger for IAD were hearted down a hall to a lounge. One that we could not enter. We were all told to stand against a wall. A fellow passenger noticed me struggling with my bag and offered to help. After a long delay which wasn’t explained, someone came with a wheel chair to take me to my flight."

Pros: "Porter staff are friendly and professional. I choose to fly Porter when possible."
Cons: "We had to wait to deplane which was stressful as I had a tight connection. I made my connection . It would have helped to know that the flight was waiting for us."

Pros: "Efficient, punctual, polite and reliable"

Pros: "Crew is very polite and helpful. The truffles are awesome!"
Cons: "Frequent delays"

Pros: "The service was incredible and efficient. Couldn’t ask for a better flight"

Pros: "Coffee, snacks"

Pros: "I could not believe that the wine and beer were free"
Cons: "I did not like the landing. Too much delay and I was concerned that I might have missed my next flight to Newark"

Pros: "On time. Provided snacks and drinks even on a short flight. Group lobby prior to boarding provided coffee, tea, snacks, water for free."

Cons: "the delays both from ottawa and to dc"

Pros: "The lounge. The shortbreads."
Cons: "The wait for departure. The arrival gate in halifax is a long walk to bags and rentall cars. 81 yr mom wirh me."

Pros: "Everything . Great flight crew and even with a slight delay over all was a great flight !"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "First flight cancelled. Missed connecting flight. Flight delayed resulting in at least an extra 11 hours of travel time"

Pros: "Check in staff and onboard staff were great. Customer service number, however, horrendous. Waited 1 1/2 hours on hold before giving up. Lately I seem to be running into same issues with flight delays and cancellations that I stopped flying AC to avoid."
Cons: "Customer service #, flight delays, cancellations. No food at lunch in Porter lounge Ottawa and espresso machine was broken."

Cons: "The delays"

Pros: "Excellent flight. Saw a hot air balloon near the airport"
Cons: "Could not checkin on my phone, though received a paper boarding pass very quickly at the airport."

Cons: "3 different delays. Sat on runway for over 3 hours in Toronto and then Newark. The one bathroom on the plane was full and started to overflow so we were sitting on runway for an hour and a half with no bathroom and could not get off."

Cons: "They double booked our seats. Another woman was asked to leave on an over sold flight. The flight attendants (not all) were rude and curt. While I understand that they have had long days but their job is customer service. We were talked down to multiple times."

Pros: "Everything was on time ,the flight was comfortable,snacks were also good . The attendants were very friendly and couscous. I'll fly with Porter air again . Edward"
Cons: "No entertainment on board ."

Pros: "One of the hostesses from Toronto to Halifax was one of the sweetest and caring people. She was the younger of the two women (for lack of her name) and I wish I had taken her name to be able to let Porter know how nice she was! She really made the whole trip so pleasant."
Cons: "The lack of in flight entertainment/"

Pros: "My layover in Toronto was less than 15 minutes because there was a delay in landing due to a minor reason. However, as soon as I arrived Washington, my baggage was the first thing I saw at the baggage claim- inspire of the very short time to transfer the luggage."
Cons: "The toilet"

Pros: "Flights were on time, free wine and treats and very quiet efficient planes."
Cons: "Everything was great. There was a slight delay in Toronto and no announcement was made. That could be easily fixed."

Pros: "There were mechanical delays, so Porter gave an $8 voucher to spend in the airport, which was a nice touch since I had never received that from other airlines who also had mechanical delays. Porter was pretty smooth despite delays due to weather on the way back. Attendants were generous with the food servings. I love that this airline serves free wine."
Cons: "I liked everything."

Pros: "I am a passenger that needs assistance. The care I got was amazing and made my journey very pleasantl."

Pros: "It was on time"
Cons: "We had to make a second pass at Halifax due to a glitch"

Pros: "It was good not to much waiting time"

Pros: "Friendly and efficient ! Great experience"

Pros: "Free lounge, free drinks including wine, snacks, on time courteous and professional"
Cons: "Screaming baby and I couldn't wear my noise cancelling headphones"

Cons: "The crew were mostly great except one female flight attendant who was unnecessarily rude on two occasions on the short flight."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "As I was waiting at my gate for my flight, I notice that It's almost time to board the plane & there is no plane at my gate. I walk over the the lady's at the stand and ask if I'm at the right gate and this is when I'm told that my flight had been CANCELLED and no one thought to inform me. One of the ladies goes "You should have received an email" but I know that I'm not the only who was unaware of the flight cancellation as I found out later that 3 other people had been going through the same thing. On top of the terrible communication, once I finally got booked on the next flight out, I was sat beside the most obnoxiously loud & irritating person I have ever met. He was swearing and raising his voice the whole flight and the flight attendants completely ignored it. There was a small girl in front of me with her father and he tried to confront this man and tell him to lower his voice & still, the crew payed no mind. Also, I am an 18 year old girl flying by myself for the first time... This man kept poking me in the arm and leg trying to get my attention and was trying to get all this personal information out of me. This is harassment and if I had flown with a bigger airline, this dude would have been off the plane before it even took off. I was petrified the whole flight as he kept telling people that if the plane didn't take off in 30 seconds, it was going to CRASH. I had one of the worst anxiety attacks of my life & the whole situation was ignored by the crew. I WILL NEVER FLY WITH PORTER AGAIN."

Pros: "Quick flight. Quiet and peaceful."
Cons: "Snacks are kinda lame."

Pros: "Very friendly crew. Good seating"
Cons: "V limited complimentary food for long haul flight"

Pros: "All westjet workers are amazing. Starting from the people at the front desk, the crews on the plan and the people that give direction."

Pros: "Good crew and on time departure"
Cons: "Overnight flight. How nice it would have been to have blanket and pillows as provided by some airlines ."

Pros: "Amazing crew. Very thankful my flight went smooth as I flew with my puppy."

Pros: "Friendly crew, informative captain."
Cons: "Nothing- it was a very short flight, didn’t need anything else."

Pros: "Left early and arrived early"
Cons: "Cabin was way too warm. Also not as much space on 737-700 as 737-800"

Cons: "More room"

Pros: "The attendant didn’t take any chance on rainy whether condition and got me on an earlyer flight to make sure I wasn’t goinig to miss my connections flights. It worked out perfectly."
Cons: "Everything was perfect. Thank you"

Pros: "Read above"
Cons: "Read above please"

Pros: "Nice new 737 max aircraft"

Cons: "My returning flights were not correct. I ended up having 2 returning flights back to Halifax which made me have to overnight in Toronto unexpectedly."

Pros: "Horrible check in"
Cons: "Rude staff"

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Head crew person was lazy and bad attitude. The rest were very good"

Pros: "I didn't!"
Cons: "Late, late, late! I was a prisoner in my seat."

Pros: "Good price for long haul destination. Efficient check-in and boarding process. Decent leg room for a budget airline."
Cons: "Food choice a bit limited - especially the free offering. In-flight entertainment is only available from the WestJet app to view on your own device - you need to know this before you board - otherwise you are not able to access any of the movies etc."

Pros: "good value for money. Staff were helpful"
Cons: "A direct route from St John's to London."

Pros: "Westjet service is always the best. Flight was smooth and seemed very short. Again the crew makes it the best!"
Cons: "We were late cause of a thunderstorm but that is nobody's fault."

Pros: "The flight was on time."

Cons: "Tiny chairs"

Pros: "So poorly organized at boarding ! Staff on the ground that where lazy ! On board staff where lazy ! Waiting for luggage took over 40 mins. Horrible ! Good thing I've had other flights that where much better."

Cons: "Very few options were available to redirect me to my final destination"

Pros: "Downloaded WestJet app in Toronto while waiting to board the next flight. Enjoyed the selection of free movies and TV shows. Flight was on time."
Cons: "The connecting flight to Halifax was a long haul at the end of B terminal. Same airline, just really far away! Maybe it has to be that way due to the international arrival, but it was stressful. Wear tennis shoes! Flight attendants were efficient but not as friendly as the Toronto folks. The advertised “power at every seat” did not work."

Cons: "Electrical was out so not able to charge my device"

Cons: "Doing in flight entertainment via app is a fine idea. But your app requires way too many permissions so I won't use it. Otherwise, an excellent airline."

Pros: "Very pleasant crew. Flight left on time and arrived early."

Pros: "Complimentary drinks"

Pros: "I would like to see more spacious and comfortable seating. They rest is inconsequential. Besides that, no complaints. Thank you."
Cons: "We did not like feeling cramped. This part of the world is breeding much bigger humans than before. Please make allowance for that. I had a tough time breathing...2 big guys side by side is a sorry sight in that limited space."

Pros: "West Jet just runs a relaxed yet professional airline. They are just more laid back and accommodating. You can use any bathroom on the plane as well which is huge on those rare times you need to use it. They are funny and chatty and seem to enjoy working together which all translates to a less rushed and relaxed experience for us the passenger. I really can’t complain....I had an entire row to myself....the best you can hope for, when riding on a plain for hours that’s like winning the lottery!"
Cons: "No complaints for sure"

Cons: "I was in row 2 and they did not have the food item I wanted. Seriously?"

Cons: "It didn't happen"

Cons: "The crew on the plain was extremely rude!!! Very very dissapointed!"

Pros: "West Jet never disappoints..."

Pros: "When I stepped onto the plane, there was someone there to greet you. That was nice."

Cons: "having to walk outside the plane in the snow to get on the bus and vise versa. it was cold and I got a bad cold...."

Pros: "All staff I encountered were amazing."
Cons: "This was where the real fun in my trip happened. After my arriving flight got in 2 hours late and sat on the runway for 45 minutes because there was too many planes in the way for my plane to get to the gate I was not in the mood to run across the airport to go through customs and then through security (for the second time). However in order to make it onto this final flight that's exactly what I had to do. I also might add that it is incredibly stupid that connecting flights have to go through security again after deplaning, it's not like we're suddenly going to have weapons or anything so why waste that time? After I sprinted across the airport and got onto the plane the pilot announced that we were waiting to hear from the airport to take off. Long story short the poor pilot was trying to figure out what was going on but no one was even answering his calls. Eventually he realized that the plane hadn't been refueled and had to get a hole of them to refuel. At one point he must have gotten really frustrated because he left the plane in search of answers as the Toronto airport wasn't giving him any. Eventually after 2 hours of sitting on the plane we refueled and took off. On top of that my travel partner didn't get her luggage, we assumed that the Toronto airport lost it somewhere or something. Overall a complete nightmare."

Pros: "very amusing male steward! (welcome to westjet flight xxx to cancun!")"
Cons: "well, someday i hope to be able to experience "first class!" travel, but all in all, quite adequate! i always try to fly westjet in canada."

Pros: "Crew was great"
Cons: "Who decided that seats should be shaped that way? Always gives me a backache."

Pros: "Very helpful employees letting us know procedure of bosrding"
Cons: "All good"

Pros: "Excellent Customer Service"
Cons: "No healthy snack options"

Pros: "Great atmosphere... entertaining staff, very pleasant."

Pros: "A bit more seat room. I'm a tall guy and was a bit cramp"

Pros: "Everything was great!!"

Pros: "Really great attendants. Friendly and humorous."
Cons: "They took the tablets pretty early it felt. 45 minutes before we landed. But other than that, great experience!"

Pros: "No stops,"
Cons: "Cramped."

Pros: "Not long to go through checkin."
Cons: "Everything was good."

Pros: "As usual, the gate and air crew were extremely helpful and efficient. I love that the flight attendants almost always have a great sense of humour. This helps put everyone at ease and in a good mood for take-off. The flight was right on time."
Cons: "We gate-checked our baggage on the first leg of the flight and didn't quite understand why we had to take it off and back on again for this flight when it was on the same plane. There wasn't much legroom; and when the rather thoughtless guy in front of me reclined his seat fully, I could barely move. Luckily, it was a short flight."

Pros: "same"
Cons: "same"

Pros: "same as above."
Cons: "same as above."

Pros: "Everything was okay"
Cons: "My boarding was no so good. However all went well."

Pros: "cleaniness"

Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "Didn’t get to pick seats"

Pros: "The boarding was smooth and quick, flight arrived early. Service onboard was very good"

Pros: "Amazing crew and Ground staff. Check in and bag check in was really smooth and fast."
Cons: "Maybe some more options of snacks. In flight entertainment was not working so can’t say much about it."

Pros: "The seat was fine for economy"
Cons: "You should offer free wifi! Air Canada should lead the way and be above the rest!"

Pros: "Very good service"
Cons: "Rough air"

Pros: "New plane in the excellent condition. Leg room in economy not bad. Crew friendly and efficient. Boarding worked well."
Cons: "The main meal was pretty dreadful. Grilled chicken with what I think was mashed potato, but it was difficult to be sure. Watery and tasteless. Accompanied bizarrely by a tomato sauce (which did taste of something). Hard to identify the ethnicity."

Pros: "Lots of legroom. Great free movies."
Cons: "No free snacks. You had to pay for headphones."

Pros: "short pleasant experience"
Cons: "baggage check is always complicated .they make a big deal over small items"

Pros: "on time"

Pros: "Boarding very fast"
Cons: "Very small plane. No snacks offered."

Pros: "The plane was confortable and the drive also"
Cons: "The waiting time at the Toronto airport was exagerated"

Cons: "Flight was delayed and then without notice back on schedule and the we boarded and sat on the tarmac for an hour. Why board us if we can’t leave?"

Pros: "Breakfast was excellent"
Cons: "TV screen were too dark"

Cons: "Extremely cold on the plane"

Pros: "Once boarded, the crew was pleasant and very helpful. It was a smooth flight."
Cons: "Air Canada check-in at YOW was overwhelmed. There were not enough agents to handle the amount of passengers or flights they had going out. I waited 50 minutes in a check-in line and almost missed my flight. Passengers in front and behind me had the same experience. Air Canada really needs to examine their operations at YOW and manage the situation better."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The fact air canada booted me and my year and a half year old off the plane. They gave me no compensation for the fact that they did this. So not impressed I never made it to Montreal"

Pros: "on time."

Cons: "Delayed for almost 2hrs"

Pros: "Quick easy flight. Everything went smoothly."

Pros: "Kept us up to date and gave us a lunch voucher."
Cons: "We had a 4 hr weight in St John's"

Pros: "Boarding was very well-organised ands clearly explained."
Cons: "USB socket broken and non-functioning. Plastic fork snapped and shed tines. A truly ghastly movie selection."

Pros: "Long slow lines. Insufficient signage for US Global Entry. Too few and slow US Customs. Largest plane ever flown to Florida from Northeast."

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Nothing stands out"

Cons: "Late departure"

Pros: "A few turbulents just before landing but great flight crew."

Cons: "flight was cancelled and I was offered a flight through Montreal with Long connections so I cancelled and flew the next day again through Montreal but with better connections"

Pros: "Nothing"

Pros: "Rouge flights are not comfortable no room for your legs and on a four and half flight very uncomfortable. Soft drinks are free but not even a bag of nuts."

Pros: "Nothing"

Cons: "Not so bad..."

Cons: "My seat partner had a dog with her. I like dogs but it was more of a irritant and distraction, didn't seem that nice for the dog either. What happened to the pretzel/nut snacks?"

Pros: "Delayed and still on time overall great experience"

Pros: "Personnel were friendly aircraft was clean"
Cons: "NA"

Cons: "Crew were very rude"

Pros: "Airlines keep the cabin too cold. On the domestic of the travel leg blankets were for additional pay which is crazy - I understand about meals, but blankets are required only because the conditions offered by the airline are uncomfortable. One luggage was lost, but that is now almost part of travel."

Pros: "Space between seats in economy class"

Cons: "Received my luggage after one day"

Pros: "Boeing 767 is a great aircraft in every way!"
Cons: "A shame to connect in Toronto!"

Pros: "No issues."
Cons: "Everything was cool."

Cons: "My tv didn't work"

Cons: "The plane was on the edge of departure when I rushed aboard. The server waiting at boarding had a patronizing attitude. As if to say, "Why are you late?""

Cons: "Squeezed in like sardines. Nickled and dimed at every turn."

Pros: "They our sits for a better one because of my 6 year old son."
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Very slow service"

Pros: "Movies!! Newer plane too."

Pros: "boarding"
Cons: "seats to close together very uncomfortable"

Cons: "No variety in menu for a long time (business class)"

Pros: "Had extra legroom but paid for it"

Pros: "Direct service is nice! Clearing customs in Ottawa makes life easier."
Cons: "Buttery pretzels in both directions that are way too buttery. Crew is never overly happy to be there."

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for C$ 174 or less one-way and C$ 277 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Ottawa to Halifax was found, on average, 85 days before departure.
  • Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is August.
  • Morning departure is around 17% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
  • After your flight from Ottawa to Halifax lands and you’re done with baggage claim, you’ll be just a 30min drive from the city centre.
  • Passengers arriving at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) are greeted with temporary art exhibitions in the baggage claim area, the main lobby and on the second level of the terminal. This is thanks to the airport’s community outreach program that supports and partners with local artists to make your airport experience pleasant.
  • If you wish to stay at a hotel close to the airport, book a room at the eco-friendly ALT Hotel located on the second level of the airport. The hotel is equipped with a gym and an indoor pool where you can wind down after your flight from Ottawa to Halifax.
  • For snacks and drinks, you have a few options in the arrivals hall following the baggage claim area. The options include Starbucks, Alexander Keith’s Ale House, A&W, Pannizza, Subway and Tim Hortons. If you’re looking for a different kind of meal, visit the ALT Hotel’s restaurant ALTcetera, which is open 24h.
  • If you’re travelling with pets, designated pet relief areas can be found outside the terminal building near the parking lot. If you need help locating these areas, ask for one of the Tartan Team volunteers for assistance. All volunteers wear a tartan vest, so you can’t miss them.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

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Good to know

Low season

AugustBest time to beat the crowds (31% less expensive on average)

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly (31% more expensive on average)

Average price round-trip

C$ 305(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

C$ 277or less

Good deal one-way

C$ 174or less
COVID-19 information

Safety measures for airlines flying from Ottawa to Halifax

Airlines flying from Ottawa to Halifax have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.

Heightened sanitation

Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Ottawa to Halifax

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