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Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
Halifax/Stanfield International Airport
Halifax INTL Airport Logo.svg
Halifax airport 2009.jpg
Arrivals portion of the terminal building.
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
Operator Halifax International Airport Authority
Serves Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
Location Enfield, Nova Scotia
Built 1960
Elevation AMSL 477 ft / 145 m
Coordinates 44°52′51″N 063°30′31″W / 44.88083°N 63.50861°W / 44.88083; -63.50861 (Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport)Coordinates: 44°52′51″N 063°30′31″W / 44.88083°N 63.50861°W / 44.88083; -63.50861 (Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport)
Website http://www.hiaa.ca
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 8,800 2,682 Asphalt/Concrete
14/32 7,700 2,347 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft Movements 89,033
Number of Passengers 3,578,931
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Statistics from Transport Canada.[3]
Passengers from Halifax International Airport Authority.[4]

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport[5], or Halifax/Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZICAO: CYHZ) is an airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, Canada that serves the Halifax Regional Municipality and mainland Nova Scotia as well as adjacent areas in the neighbouring Maritime provinces.

The airport, owned by Transport Canada since it was constructed and operated, since 2000, by the Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) forms part of the National Airports System. The airport hosts the headquarters of Air Canada Jazz and CanJet.

It is the 7th busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic. In 2008, the airport handled a total of 3,578,931 passengers[4] and 89,250 aircraft movements in 2007.[3]




Pre 1960

An airfield in West End, Halifax on the Halifax Peninsula known as Chebucto Field operated as the city's main airport until 1942, when it closed. RCAF Station Shearwater functioned as Halifax's primary airport until June 1960, when the current airport was opened. The Kelly Lake site was selected in order to reduce the number of days per year fog would affect airport operation. There is a continuing myth that the tree cutting that was required to construct the airport altered the fog patterns, however a weather analysis of the 1960-2008 period would show that this is, indeed, an "urban" myth. The origin of the myth may come from commuters, who may experience very localized fog near the airport during their morning drive along Highway 102.

Operation Yellow Ribbon

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks the airport was part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, as it took 40[6] flights—more flights than any other Canadian airport involved in the operation—carrying about 7,300 passengers—more passengers than any other Canadian airport involved in the operation other than Vancouver, which registered 8,500. Much of this was because flights that were coming from Europe were told to avoid the major airports in Central Canada, like Toronto Pearson, Montréal-Dorval, and Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.[7]

To honour the people of Gander and Halifax for their support during the operation, Lufthansa named a new Airbus A340-300 "Gander-Halifax" on May 16, 2002. That airplane is listed with the registration D-AIFC[8], and is the first and sole aircraft of the whole fleet with a city name outside of Germany.


In 2005 the main passenger terminal was renamed in honour of Robert Stanfield, the former Premier of Nova Scotia and federal Leader of the Official Opposition, with a plaque placed on the public observation floor. On Friday February 9, 2007 Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived at the airport and officially announced the renaming of the entire facility from 'Halifax International Airport' to 'Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport' in a further honour to Mr. Stanfield; at that time the terminal name was dropped and reverted to its original status.


Halifax Airport fared well in the 2005 AETRA survey for passenger satisfaction, produced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International. The airport was ranked the best airport in the Americas for the second year in a row, as well as the best airport in the less than 5 million passengers a year category for the third year in a row (worldwide), and best domestic service for the second year in a row.

In March 2007, Halifax Airport earned two first-place finishes in the 2006 Airports Council International (ACI) Service Quality Awards held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For the fourth consecutive year, it ranked first in overall passenger satisfaction for airports worldwide with under five million passengers. In addition, the airport ranked first in the Americas in the new category of Airport People Awards, and second in the best domestic airport worldwide category.[9]


View of apron from top observation room
WestJet Boeing 737 loading passengers
Food court

Terminal and renovations

The airport terminal building at the airport was originally opened in September, 1960. It currently serves over 3.5 million passengers per year and growing. The growth experienced in the decades since the airport's construction necessitated constant renovations, and there is often construction occurring there.

Since 1998, the airport has been undergoing an extensive renovation program. The next phase of this program was announced in September 2004. The major multi-year expansion project will include a rehabilitation of the runways and taxiways, new terminal expansions, new parking lots (including an enclosed garage that opened in the spring of 2009), a new hotel, and internal beautifications including an observation tower. The project will cost over $250 million. The airport has completed an observation tower along with work on aesthetic improvements to the terminals, with work on the parking lot/garage, terminal expansion and runway rehabilitation scheduled for completion in 2010.

In December 2004, U.S. Customs and Border Protection approved Halifax Airport for United States border preclearance. It took effect in late 2006. HIAA was previously the busiest airport in Canada without U.S. Customs preclearance.

On September 12, 2007 the airport authority announced the construction of a 2,300 space, 5-storey parking garage, which was completed on March 12, 2009. The airport authority also announced an on-site 175-room Sheraton hotel, which has since been postponed due to financial considerations.

Aerotech Business Park

The airport is located adjacent to the Aerotech Business Park, a municipally run business park originally catering towards aviation companies. The zoning has since been changed to allow for other types of companies to locate there. The two largest tenants are Pratt & Whitney Canada and Northrop Grumman.

Alternate space shuttle landing site

Halifax Airport is one of a handful of sites along eastern North America where the Space Shuttle could land if something went wrong during liftoff.[10]

Incidents and accidents

On the night of September 2, 1998 Swissair Flight 111, a scheduled flight from New York City to Geneva, declared a pan-pan after the crew noticed smoke in the cockpit. The flight diverted to Halifax but crashed into the sea at the entrance of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, about 60 km from the airport. All 229 passengers and crew perished.

On October 14, 2004 MK Airlines Flight 1602, a cargo flight operated by a Boeing 747-200F, crashed during takeoff from runway 23. All seven crew members died.[11]

Airlines and destinations

The airport terminal soon after construction.
Arrivals Hall
Departure area and shops, summer 2007
Halifax Airport from the sky

Scheduled services

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Bermuda [seasonal], Calgary [seasonal], Cancun [seasonal], Cayo Coco [seasonal], Cozumel [seasonal], Holguin [seasonal], London-Heathrow, Montego Bay [seasonal], Montréal-Trudeau, Orlando [seasonal], Ottawa, Puerto Plata [seasonal], Punta Cana, Samana [seasonal], St. John's, Tampa [seasonal], Toronto-Pearson, Varadero [seasonal]
Air Canada operated by Air Georgian Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John
Air Canada Jazz Boston, Charlottetown, Deer Lake, Fredericton, Gander, Goose Bay, Moncton, Montréal-Trudeau, New York-LaGuardia [seasonal], Ottawa, Saint John, Sydney (NS)
Air Saint-Pierre Saint-Pierre
American Eagle New York-JFK
Continental Airlines Newark
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Newark
Delta Connection operated by Comair New York-JFK
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit [seasonal]
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines Atlanta [seasonal]
Icelandair Reykjavik-Keflavik
Porter Airlines Ottawa, St. John's, Toronto-City Centre
United Express operated by Shuttle America Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin Philadelphia [begins June 1]
WestJet Calgary, Cancún [seasonal], Edmonton [seasonal], Hamilton, Montréal-Trudeau [seasonal], Ottawa [seasonal], Orlando [seasonal], Toronto-Pearson, St. John's [12]

Charter services

Airlines Destinations
Air Transat Cancún, Cayo Coco, Holguin, London-Gatwick, Punta Cana, Varadero [all seasonal]
CanJet Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, Orlando, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Varadero [all seasonal]
Condor Frankfurt [seasonal]
Corsairfly Paris-Orly [seasonal]
Flair Airlines Punta Cana [begins March 20], Puerto Plata [all seasonal][13]
Monarch Airlines London-Gatwick [begins June 5; seasonal]
Skyservice Cancún, Cayo Coco, Holguin, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero [all seasonal]
Sunwing Airlines Cancun, Holguin, Punta Cana, Toronto-Pearson, Varadero [all seasonal]
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick [seasonal]

Other operations

The following airlines operate out of private facilities:

Airlines Destinations
CHC Helicopter Offshore Nova Scotia
Cougar Helicopters Offshore Nova Scotia
Maritime Air Charter Private Charters
Prince Edward Air Private Charters
Provincial Airlines Private Charters


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Cargo
Air Canada Cargo operated by Korean Air Cargo
Asiana Cargo
Cargojet Airways
FedEx Express operated by Morningstar Air Express Moncton
Icelandair Cargo
Purolator Courier operated by Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter
Prince Edward Air
MK Airlines
Skylink Express
TNT Airways

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

The nearby Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum includes both military and civil aviation exhibits .

See also


  1. ^ Airport Divestiture Status Report
  2. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 7 May 2009 to 0901Z 2 July 2009
  3. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  4. ^ a b Halifax Passenger Statistics
  5. ^ Canada's New Government Renames Halifax International Airport in Honour of Robert L. Stanfield
  6. ^ Halifax/Stanfield International Airport Newsroom
  7. ^ Chronology of Events
  8. ^ D-AIFC at airliners.net
  9. ^ World’s top customer service airports for 2006
  10. ^ Chris Lambie. Halifax possible shuttle pit stop, The Chronicle Herald, July 5, 2006.
  11. ^ Canadian Transportation Safety Board Report
  12. ^ WestJet - Our Destinations
  13. ^ Go Travel Direct

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