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Also referred to as Robert L. Stanfield International Airport the Canadian aviation hub serves mostly the Halifax regional municipality and mainland Nova Scotia. Owned by Transport Canada since its construction in 1960, Halifax Airport has been operated by the Halifax International Airport Authority since the year 2000 and ranks as the 7th busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic. Enfield in Nova Scotia and Halifax are the nearest cities.
Named after the former Premier of Nova Scotia, Mr Robert L Stanfield, Halifax International Airport didn’t receive it’s new name until February 2007. More than 3.5 million passengers passed through the airport’s gates in 2010 and passenger numbers keep rising.
Facilities at the airport are excellent, which is why passengers voted Halifax Airport the Best Airport in the World in its class (which means under 5 million passengers per annum) for the seventh consecutive year in spring 2010. The following year the airport won 3rd Best Airport in North America in the Airport Service Quality Awards annual contest held by the Airports Council International.
Although the airport has been undergoing some extensive renovations and expansion works over the past decade, the current passenger terminal already offers 31 gate positions and 12 air-bridges for travellers. In August 2010 it was announced that further expansion would see the enhancement of the check-in area for domestic and international flights as well as an expansion of the terminal building at the northern end to accommodate future EU flight connections.
Passengers with time at their hands before their flight can enjoy a meander through the pleasant food court, where a range of snacks, restaurant meals and refreshments are at hand to while away the hour or so before boarding commences.
Airlines offering flight connections from Halifax include Air Canada with connections to London-Heathrow, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto as well as carriers Condor, Delta Connection, Icelandair, United Express (operated by Shuttle America), Air Wisconsin and WestJet among others, covering North America with scheduled flights and also various international destinations with seasonal flights.
The bright and friendly Arrivals Hall is easy to navigate thanks to excellent signposting of all major services such as taxis, bus links and car rentals. There are several ATMs in the Arrivals Area and passengers will also find “ASK ME” kiosks that supply maps and travel information upon request. In the Departure Hall passengers will find plenty of shops and cafes, restaurants and snack bars as well as seating areas for relaxation.
Passengers arriving at the airport come into the main passenger terminal and will find car rentals located on the Lower Level of the Airport Parkade, an area signposted from the arrivals hall onwards. Among the car rental providers based at Halifax Airport are Avis and Alamo, Thrifty and National, Hertz and Dollar as well as Enterprise and Budget car hire.
For those preferring to travel by public transport there is a MetroX bus link which runs at 30 to 60 minute intervals to and from Halifax city centre. It takes around 41 to 49 minutes to travel the distance. The bus stop in downtown Halifax is located at a cross-section between Duke and Albemarle Street, while at the airport passengers will find the bus stop on the curb side by the left hand side of the arrival terminal’s exit.
Children travel for CAN$ 2.50 one way and an adult bus fare is CAN $ 3.25 for a one-way journey. Passengers must have the exact change before boarding the bus, but there is an exchange machine located at the game corner in the airport building.
For passengers with some leisure time before their flight there is the excellent Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, which displays exhibits from both civil and military aviation and is the only one of its kind. It was founded in 1975 and can be found at 20, Sky Boulevard in Goffs, Nova Scotia, which is just across the Highway 102 from the main airport complex. Passengers have access via Exit 6 directly onto Highway 102.
Parking for long and short-term periods at Halifax Stanfield International Airport cannot be reserved, as the parking lots are operated on a “first come, first served” basis. In Parkade Hourly compound the first two hours of parking cost CAN $2.00 after that the fee rises to CAN $4.00 per hour but no daily maximum. In the Parkade Daily compound the rates are also CAN $4.00 per hour but here a daily maximum of CAN $19.00 applies. Weekly rates cost CAN $95.00 per vehicle.
There are three official taxi operators with permits to service the airport: Rimple Dhunna operates Yellow Cabs, Ben Bella and Mark Weston operate Casino Cabs. The taxi rank is sign-posted throughout the Arrivals Hall.
For more information about facilities and services at Halifax Airport, please remain on this site or visit the official airport website at http://www.hiaa.ca.