Travel questions? Nanaimo Airport has answers

5 August 2015

Like many things on Vancouver Island, travel is a year-round pursuit for residents.

So it’s no surprise that, even at the height of camping season, the most common questions we’re asked at Nanaimo Airport are all about vacation planning. Here are the answers to your questions (full details are at

What identification do I need for air travel?

If you’re aged 12 and above and travelling in Canada, you must have either:

  • one piece of valid government-issued photo ID ;
  • or two pieces of valid government-issued non-photo ID

In all cases, the ID must show your name, date of birth, and gender. If you’re planning international travel, a valid passport is a must. It’s also a good idea to use the Internet to check the customs agency requirements of the country you plan to visit.

How soon before my flight departs should I arrive at Nanaimo Airport?

  • We recommend arriving at least 90 minutes prior to Air Canada Express and WestJet Encore departures. You must have checked in, obtained your boarding pass and checked in all your bags 45 minutes before your flight.
  • Island Express passengers should arrive 30 minutes in advance.

What parking is available?

Nanaimo Airport offers long- and short-term stalls, as well as onsite parking for persons with disabilities. It’s $10 a day for the first 7 days, then $5 per additional day. Check our Parking Information page for full details.

If I don’t want to take my car, how can I get to the airport?

As you’ll see on our Ground Transportation page, you have many options: Nanaimo Airporter Shuttle; AC Taxi and Yellow Cab; and Greyhound bus.

If I check in early, what services are available in the departure lounge?

You can relax as we have plenty of comfortable seating, TVs with news and sports, free Internet, a play area for your kids, and food and beverage services.