Passengers flying to Europe from Canada often face long journeys, multiple connections, and inconvenient waits. However, by choosing the best-connected airports for Canadians and the locations that serve the most direct flights, a well-planned journey can save time and hassle.
We have chosen the top 10 most convenient airports in Europe for Canadians. These were picked based on the number of connecting flights, direct flights, the frequency of delays, number of cancellations and, the most popular destinations for Canadian travellers.
The best European airports for Canadian visitors
Canadians have hundreds of airports across Europe to choose from. However, the top 10 arrival hubs for travellers from Canada include:
1) London-Heathrow (LHR)
London Heathrow is the world’s most internationally connected airports, offering over 65,000 possible routes. The UK is also the most visited country by Canadians, with London itself proving their favourite city in Europe. The shared language and historical connection make it a popular choice for vacationists.
Air terminals for Canadians: For arrivals and departures, Terminal 2 serves most Air Canada flights. Terminal 3 and 4 are also used on occasions for transatlantic flights.
2) Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
Charles de Gaulle International Airport is Europe’s 2nd busiest airport. It offers direct flights to most countries and hosts the most world airlines (including Air Canada). France is also the 2nd most popular European destination for Canadian travellers, Paris being the number one attraction.
Terminals for Canadians: Several terminals serve flights to and from Canada but most airlines for North American destinations arrive and depart from 1, 2A, 2C, 2D.
3) Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Frankfurt is Germany’s busiest, and Europe’s 4th busiest airport. There are direct flights to over 300 destinations in 5 continents which makes it the airport with the most direct routes in the world. Germany is the 3rd-most popular destination for Canadian travellers in Europe.
Terminals for Canadians: Air Canada uses Terminal 1 though sometimes other terminals serve flights to and from Canada.
4) Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Italy is one of the most incredible destinations in the world and the 4th-most-visited European country by Canadians. Roma-Fiumicino Airport is the country’s major international airport. It serves numerous daily connections to Canada and is well-connected to the city center.
Terminals for Canadians: Terminals 1 and 3 serve most Air Canada flights but this sometimes varies.
5) Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)
Barcelona Airport is the 2nd busiest in Spain but the preferred destination for Canadian travellers. It receives over 50 million passengers each year between its 2 terminals. The Barcelona–Madrid air shuttle service (known as the Puente Aéreo) was the world’s busiest route until 2008 when the high-speed rail line was opened which covers the distance in 2 hours 30 minutes.
Terminals for Canadians: Most long-distance flights, including those from Canada, land at Terminal 1.
6) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Amsterdam Airport is the main airport in the Netherlands and it is located 9 kilometres southwest of the capital. It is the 3rd-busiest airport in Europe in terms of receiving passengers and it is well-connected to surrounding countries in the region making it one of the most important airports in Europe for Canada.
Terminals for Canadians: The airport only has one building divided into 8 concourses. Passengers should always double-check which concourse flights to and from Canada are serving.
7) Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Vienna International Airport is Austria’s busiest airport. It serves long-haul flights from every continent including North America. The airport is located 18 kilometres southeast of Vienna and it is also only 57 kilometres west of Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia.
Terminals for Canadians: Air Canada flights land and departs from Terminal 3.
8) Oslo Lufthavn (OSL)
Oslo Airport is particularly useful for Canadians as it is used to connect to and from many other cities in Scandinavia. It is a hub for Norwegian Air Shuttle services, Scandinavian Airlines, and Wideroe, connecting 26 domestic and 152 international destinations.
Terminals for Canadians: Oslo Airport has a two-level integrated terminal that has two wings (east and west). Flights from Canada can land at either.