2014 Busiest in Airport's History More Growth Expected in 2015

Halifax Stanfield International Airport served 3,663,039 passengers in 2014, making it the busiest in the airport's history.

"We had an outstanding year, thanks to new and expanded airline routes, particularly in the domestic market," says Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President & CEO. "After a slow start due to difficult weather in the first quarter, traffic built steadily from May onwards, culminating with five record setting months in the last half of 2014 – a testament to our continued efforts to improve air service at Halifax Stanfield."

Compared to 2013, overall passenger numbers were up 2.2 per cent.

"We are optimistic about our growth opportunities in 2015," says Carter. "Building on last year's results and with routes already announced for this year by Air Canada Rouge, WestJet, WestJet Encore, and Europe Airpost, we continue to provide our region with exceptional air service."

In 2014, Halifax Stanfield was served by 18 scheduled and charter passenger airlines flying to 49 non-stop destinations (21 year-round and 28 seasonal). This network enables Atlantic Canadian air travellers to reach over 500 one-stop destinations around the world.

"Air access is the lifeblood of a community," says Carter. "Our strong air service network creates tremendous benefit for the regional economy – connecting people, goods and ideas. Halifax Stanfield continues to be one of the most critical pieces of transportation infrastructure in Atlantic Canada and based on departures per capita, we are number one in the country."

Since opening in 1960, over 105 million passengers have been served by Halifax's international airport.

Halifax Stanfield enjoys the best winter escape plan in the Atlantic region with direct service to multiple sun destinations in Florida, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico provided by Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat, Sunwing and Canadian North (in a partnership with Celebrity Cruises).

Halifax Stanfield offers the most domestic service to and from the Atlantic region with Air Canada, Air Canada Express (operated by Jazz, EVAS, and Sky Regional), WestJet, Provincial Airlines, and Porter. Daily flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Charlottetown, Deer Lake, Fredericton, Gander, Goose Bay, Moncton, Saint John, St John's, and Sydney are complemented by multiple flights per week to Charlo/Wabush and seasonal service to Hamilton and Stephenville.

With daily service to Boston, Newark, New York, and Philadelphia and seasonal service to Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, St Petersburg and Tampa provided by Air Canada, Air Canada Express (operated by Jazz), WestJet, Air Transat, Delta, Sunwing, United, and American Airlines, Halifax Stanfield provides the most direct access to the United States further streamlined by the only US Preclearance facility in Atlantic Canada.

Internationally, Halifax Stanfield enjoys Air Canada year-round service to London Heathrow, Air St. Pierre year-round service to St. Pierre & Miquelon, and seasonal service by WestJet to Glasgow, Europe Airpost to Dublin and Paris, Condor Airlines to Frankfurt, Air Transat to London Gatwick, and Icelandair to Reykjavik.

HIAA Corporate Communications