Halifax Stanfield Runway Work to Start Friday, Not Today – Unfavourable Weather Causes Schedule Change

Halifax, N.S. – Unfavourable weather conditions forecasted for this week have delayed the start of restoration work on Halifax Stanfield’s main runway (Runway 05/23) until Friday, Sept. 8, not today as originally scheduled. 

This week’s forecast includes poor visibility and unfavourable winds, which are not conducive to airfield restoration work.

Halifax International Airport Authority will continue to closely monitor the weather conditions throughout the week and construction could start sooner than Friday, if the weather co-operates.


When the airfield restoration program resumes, an 800 metre section of the airport’s main runway (05/23) will be restored. This work is scheduled to be completed at the end of October/early November.

Due to the location of the work on the main runway, operations on both runways will be impacted:

  • The airport’s secondary runway (14/32) will be temporarily closed for approximately five days (tentatively rescheduled for September 8-13) and the operational length of the main runway (05/23) will be shortened for the duration of the project. While runway 05/23 will be shortened during the construction period, it will still allow ample room for all regularly scheduled aircraft to operate.
  • While other flight navigation aids will be operational, the instrument landing system (ILS) on the main runway will be unavailable. ILS will still be available on the secondary runway, with the exception of when it’s temporarily closed for approximately five days. This means that in unusual weather conditions and while runway 14/32 is closed, delays and schedule changes may occur for certain types of aircraft (those which rely on ILS during poor visibility and high winds combined).

Updates about the airfield restoration program and any related impact on airport operations will continue to be issued as the project progresses.