Welcome to Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)! L'aéroport International Macdonald-Cartier is located in Riverside south only about 5 to 7 minutes from downtown Ottawa. The airport was named after Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada and George-Etienne Cartier, a French-Canadian statesman and the Father of the Confederation. The airport is the sixth busiest in Canada, serving nearly 4.5 million passenger each year and supporting over 170,000 flights annually.
First Air, an airline headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, Canada, has its home base at the Ottowa Airport utilizing a large maintenance facility and hangar to maintain consistent and smooth operations. In addition, Ottawa is a focus city for both Air Canada and Canada Express. Formerly utilized as a military base, Macdonald-Cartier International Airport currently offers non-stop flights to destinations including Edmonton, Tampa, Frankfurt, and London.
Various parking options make travel easier for Macdonald-Cartier travelers seeking short-term or long-term parking space. Free shuttles provide transportation between the parking lot and airport terminals 24/7. These lots are well-lit to provide additional safety to travelers. Some parking lots, offering hourly, daily, or long-term parking options are located within walking distance of the passenger terminal. Park and Fly adds another level of convenience for travelers who choose Ottawa Airport. Consider booking a room at a nearby airport hotel with available parking to add comfort and convenience to your trip.