Dangerous goods

Dry Ice

The following information is specific to cargo shipments.

Please be aware that our regulations and restrictions for cargo differ from those for carry-on and checked baggage.

WestJet Cargo accepts Dangerous Goods

Safety is our foremost value, and is the foundation of everything we do at WestJet. The acceptance, handling, storage and shipping of dangerous goods is part of this essential value.

The following stations will be prepared to receive your dangerous goods shipments:

  • Edmonton (YEG)
  • Calgary (YYC)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Ottawa (YOW)
  • Montreal (YUL) 
  • London Gatwick (LGW)
  • Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
  • Halifax (YHZ) †
  • Winnipeg (YWG) †
  • St. John’s (YYT) †
  • Thunder Bay (YQT) †
  • Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)†
  • Honolulu (HNL) †
  • London (Heathrow) (LHR)^
  • Regina (YQR) †
  • Saskatoon (YXE) †
  • Cancun (CUN) †

†This warehouse can only accept dangerous goods shipments from members of the secure supply chain, and inbound (import) dangerous goods shipments.

^Road feeder service from London Heathrow (LHR) to London Gatwick (LGW).

Defining Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are articles or substances that are capable of posing significant risk to health, safety or property when transported by air. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) categorizes dangerous goods into nine classes:

Class 1*

Explosives

Class 2

Gases

Class 3

Flammable liquids

Class 4

Flammable solids

Class 5

Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides

Class 6

Poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances

Class 7*

Radioactive materials

Class 8

Corrosives

Class 9

Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Dry ice, environmentally hazardous substances, life-saving devices, machines and vehicles incorporating internal combustion engines, magnetized material, polymeric beads, aviation solids or liquids, consumer commodities, chemicals and first aid kits.

*class 1.4S only
*excepted packages UN 2911 only

Packages containing dangerous goods must arrive at one of our cargo facilities a minimum of six hours before flight departures.

The following items must arrive at one of our cargo facilities a minimum of four hours before flight departures:

  • Packages containing dry ice only

To start your dangerous good booking, or if you have any questions or concerns about transporting dangerous goods, please contact one of our WestJet Cargo agents. From Canada, call 1-866-952-2746.

Lithium batteries packed with, or contained in equipment

Effective November 1st, 2021, WestJet Cargo will accept shipments containing lithium batteries packed with or contained in equipment.

This includes batteries classified under UN3481 and UN3091 Class 9 miscellaneous, fully regulated dangerous goods (RLI, RLM), as well as Section II lithium batteries, as listed below.

  • Lithium Ion batteries packed with equipment (ELI) – UN3481 Section II PI 966
  • Lithium Ion batteries contained in equipment (ELI) – UN3481 Section II PI 967
  • Lithium Metal batteries packed with equipment (ELM) – UN3091 Section II PI 969
  • Lithium Metal batteries contained in equipment (ELM) – UN3091 Section II PI 970  

Batteries classified as RLI & RLM will be subject to all documentation and acceptance check procedures identified in the IATA DGR and WestJet Cargo Standards and Procedures.

Section II batteries will be subject to the following criteria:

  • Will only be accepted from IATA Cargo Agents/intermediaries who are compliant with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
  • Section II batteries that require the lithium battery handling mark will not be accepted in ‘personal’ or ‘walk-up’ consignments.
  • Each cell or battery must meet the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.
  • Proof of satisfactory completion of testing must be available and provided to WestJet Cargo upon request.
  • Shippers must have the ability to create their own air waybills for shipments containing lithium batteries, regulated or excepted (Section II).
  • The Lithium Batteries Section II Shippers Declaration Form must be submitted, either electronically, or physically, when tendering any shipment containing the lithium battery types listed above and will be mandatory.*

Note: Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, packaged by themselves are not permitted on passenger aircraft.

If you are interested in shipping lithium batteries, or if you have any questions about transporting dangerous goods, please contact one of our WestJet Cargo agents at 1-866-952-2746. 

*Some exceptions may apply.