It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and the Busiest at Halifax Stanfield

Halifax Stanfield is preparing for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

“We’re approaching one of the busiest travel times of the year here at Halifax Stanfield, and we’re pleased to share some travel tips with our passengers so that they can be well prepared” says Bert van der Stege, Halifax International Airport Authority Vice President Business Development & Chief Commercial Officer.

Friday, December 22 is expected to be the busiest travel day leading up to Christmas with 15,000 passengers anticipated, in addition to the many people who come to the Halifax Stanfield to meet and greet. The holiday rush continues throughout the weekend and the week between Christmas and the New Year.

Holiday Travel Tips

1. Give yourself ample time

Allow extra time to accommodate winter driving conditions, find a parking spot at the airport, check-in with your airline and move through airport security.

2. Park with ease

There are a variety of parking choices and payment options at Halifax Stanfield. The covered parkade with pedway offers hourly and daily rates. In addition to the parkade, other parking options include the exterior parking lot in front of the terminal building, and the Park’N Fly lot.

For security reasons, vehicles cannot be left unattended at the curbside in front of the terminal building. Unattended vehicles will be towed.

3. Check your flight’s status

Airlines may adjust their flight schedules due to winter weather conditions here and/or elsewhere. Travellers are advised to check with their airline directly and visit for the latest flight information.

4. Unwrap those carry-on presents

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) recommends air travellers not wrap gifts (being carried in carry-on baggage) as their contents may need to be inspected. Instead, the Halifax Stanfield Tartan Team and airport employee volunteers will provide a gift wrapping service post security for those domestic passengers travelling to a non-stop destination.

The service will be available December 20-21 from 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and also on December 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations will be collected at the gift wrapping station in support of Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

5. Make a list, check it twice

Visit a handy travel checklist.

For information on carry on requirements, visit

CATSA screening officers are responsible for ensuring passenger security. Passengers themselves play an important role at checkpoints, as their cooperation and understanding help keep the screening lines flowing.

Halifax International Airport Authority wishes you and yours a peaceful and safe holiday season!