Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
nativename = Halifax/Stanfield International Airport

image-width = 153

image-width =
type = Public
owner = Transport Canada [ [http://www.tc.gc.ca/programs/Airports/Status/menu.htm Airport Divestiture Status Report] ]
operator = Halifax International Airport Authority
city-served = Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
location = Enfield, Nova Scotia
elevation-f = 477
elevation-m = 145
coordinates = Coord|44|52|51|N|063|30|31|W|type:airport
website = [http://www.hiaa.ca/ www.hiaa.ca]
r1-number = 05/23
r1-length-f = 8,800
r1-length-m = 2,682
r1-surface = Asphalt/Concrete
r2-number = 14/32
r2-length-f = 7,700
r2-length-m = 2,347
r2-surface = Asphalt
stat-year = 2007
stat1-header = Aircraft Movements
stat1-data = 89,250
stat2-header = Number of Passengers
stat2-data = 3,469,062
footnotes = Sources: Canada Flight SupplementCFS]
Statistics from Transport Canada. [http://www.tc.gc.ca/pol/EN/Report/TP577/pdf/TP577_07.pdf Aircraft Movement Statistics: NAV CANADA Towers and Flight Service Stations: Annual Report 2007] ]
Passengers from Halifax International Airport Authority. [http://www.hiaa.ca/default.asp?id=190&pagesize=1&sfield=content.id&search=644&mn= Halifax Passenger Statistics] ]
Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport [ [http://www.hiaa.ca/default.asp?id=190&pagesize=1&sfield=content.id&search=595&mn= Canada's New Government Renames Halifax International Airport in Honour of Robert L. Stanfield] ] , or Halifax/Stanfield International Airport Airport codes|YHZ|CYHZ is an airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, Canada that serves the Halifax Regional Municipality and central 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 one of the busiest airports in Canada by passenger traffic. In 2007, the airport handled a total of 3,469,062 passengers and 89,250 aircraft movements.


Pre 1960

An airfield on the Halifax Peninsula 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.

Operation Yellow Ribbon

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks the airport was part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, as it took 40 [ [http://www.hiaa.ca/default.asp?id=190&pagesize=1&sfield=content.id&search=373&mn= Halifax/Stanfield International Airport Newsroom] ] 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 and Montréal-Dorval. [ [http://www.hiaa.ca/default.asp?mn=70.1.77 Chronology of Events] ]

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 [ [http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?front=yes&maxres=500&keywords=D-AIFC D-AIFC at] airliners.net] , 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. [ [http://www.airports.org/cda/aci/display/main/aci_content.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-7-46^12875_9_2__ World’s top customer service airports for 2006] ]


Terminal and renovations

The airport terminal building at the airport was originally opened in September, 1960. It currently serves around 3.4 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, new terminal expansions, new parking lots, a new hotel, and internal beautifications including an observation tower. The project will cost over $90 million. The airport has completed an observation tower along with work on aesthetic improvements to the terminals, with work on the parking lot, terminal expansion and runway rehabilitation scheduled for completion in 2008.

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, 4-storey parking garage to be complete in 2008, and on-site 175-room Sheraton hotel for 2009.

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. [Chris Lambie. Halifax possible shuttle pit stop, "The Chronicle Herald", July 5 2006.]

Incidents and accidents

On October 14 2004 MK Airlines Flight 1602, Boeing 747-200F, a cargo flight, crashed during takeoff from runway 23. All seven crew members died. [ [http://www.tsb.gc.ca/en/reports/air/2004/a04h0004/a04h0004%5Findex.asp Canadian Transportation Safety Board Report] ]

Airlines and destinations


* Air Canada (Bermuda [seasonal] , Calgary, Cancun [seasonal] , Cayo Caco/Cayo Guillermo [seasonal] , Cozumel [seasonal] , Edmonton [seasonal] , Holguin [seasonal] , London-Heathrow, Montego Bay [seasonal] , Montréal, Ottawa, Puerto Plata [seasonal] , Punta Cana [seasonal] , St. John's, Toronto-Pearson, Varadero [seasonal] )
** Air Canada Jazz (Boston, Charlottetown, Deer Lake, Fredericton, Gander, Goose Bay, Moncton, Montréal, New York-LaGuardia, Ottawa, Saint John, St. John's, Sydney (NS))
** Air Canada operated by Air Georgian (Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Sydney (NS))
* Air Saint-Pierre (Saint-Pierre)
* Air Transat (Cancún, Frankfurt, London-Gatwick, Orlando, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero) [seasonal]
* American Airlines
** American Eagle (Chicago-O'Hare [seasonal] , New York-JFK)
* CanJet (Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Fort McMurray, Orlando, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, St. Petersburg/Clearwater) [seasonal] [ [http://www.canjet.ca/en_flight_status.aspx CanJet] ]
*Condor Airlines (Frankfurt [seasonal] )
*Corsairfly (Paris-Orly) [seasonal]
* Continental Airlines (Newark)
** Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines (Newark)
* Delta Air Lines
** Delta Connection operated by Comair (Atlanta, Boston, New York-JFK)
* Icelandair (Reykjavik-Keflavik)
* Maritime Air Charter [charter]
* Northwest Airlines
** Northwest Airlink operated by Pinnacle Airlines (Detroit) [seasonal]
* Porter Airlines (Ottawa, Quebec City [seasonal] , Toronto-City Centre)
* Prince Edward Air [charter]
* Provincial Airlines [charter]
* Skyservice (Cancún, Cayo Coco, Holguin, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero) [seasonal]
* Sunwing Airlines (Cancun, Holguin, Punta Cana, Toronto-Pearson, Varadero) [seasonal]
* Thomas Cook Airlines (London-Gatwick [seasonal] )
* United Airlines
** United Express operated by Shuttle America (Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles)
* WestJet (Calgary, Cancún [seasonal; begins February 18] , Edmonton [seasonal] , Hamilton, Montreal [seasonal] , Ottawa [seasonal] , Orlando [seasonal] , Toronto-Pearson, St. John's) [ [http://c3dsp.westjet.com/guest/destinations/ourDestinations.jsp WestJet - Our Destinations ] ]

Fuel Stops

* Air Finland (Cancun, Puerto Plata, Stockholm-Arlanda) [seasonal]
* Finnair (Helsinki, Puerto Plata, Cancun, Panama City, Holgúin, Fort Lauderdale) [seasonal]
* JetX Airlines (Puerto Plata, Reykjavik-Keflavik) [seasonal]
* Monarch Airlines (Campeche, Madrid) [seasonal]
* Travel Service (Czech Republic) (Reykjavik-Keflavik, Varadero) [seasonal]

Cargo airlines

*ABX Air
*Air Canada Cargo
**(operated by Gemini Air Cargo)
**(operated by Korean Air Cargo)
*Cargojet Airways
*FedEx Express (operated by Morningstar Air Express)
*Icelandair Cargo
*Purolator Courier (operated by Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter)
*Prince Edward Air
*MK Airlines
*Skylink Express

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

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

ee also

* CFB Shearwater (Halifax/Shearwater Airport)
* Swissair Flight 111


External links

* [http://www.hiaa.ca/ Halifax Stanfield International Airport Homepage]
* [http://www.greaterhalifax.com/ Greater Halifax Partnership]
** [http://www.flyhalifax.com/ FlyHalifax.com]
* [http://www.airports.org/aci/aci/file/Press%20Releases/PR%2023032005%20AETRA%20results.pdf 2004 AETRA survey results]
* [http://www.copanational.org/PlacesToFly/airport_view.php?pr_id=7&ap_id=479 Page about this airport] on COPA's "Places to Fly" airport directory

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