Dangerous goods

WestJet cargo


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 now 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 now part of this essential value.

Starting July 4th, the following stations will be prepared to receive your DG shipments:

  • Honolulu (HNL)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Calgary (YYC)
  • Edmonton (YEG)
  • Winnipeg (YWG)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Halifax (YHZ)
  • London (Gatwick) (LGW)
  • London (Heathrow) (LHR)^
  • Dublin (DUB)^

^road feeder service

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

Lithium Batteries, Lithium Battery powered vehicles, personal electronic devices containing lithium batteries, 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
  • Lithium-ion batteries UN3091 and UN3481 packed “with” equipment, or contained “in” equipment in compliance with Section II of Packing Instructions 966, 967, 969 or 970, as per IATA DGR

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.