Departing Passengers Asked to Arrive Early for Flights During Busy Summer Travel Season

Allow Ample Time for Drop-off/Parking, Check-in & Security Screening

Halifax, N.S. – Passenger volume at Halifax Stanfield has been growing steadily since 2013, and this year is no exception. Passenger traffic is expected to be heavy this summer. As a result, passengers are asked to plan ahead and arrive early.

Halifax Stanfield is anticipating potentially long line-ups and increased wait times at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) security screening during the busy summer travel period, beginning with Canada Day weekend and continuing into September, including the Labour Day weekend. Additionally, Halifax Stanfield has numerous construction projects underway to improve the passenger experience and enhance security, the latter of which is limiting the amount of space for passenger pick-up and drop-off at the curb on both the upper and lower roads at the terminal.

We ask departing passengers to plan ahead and allow ample time to get dropped off or park, check-in and make their way through security screening. After check-in at the airport, it’s advisable to proceed immediately to CATSA’s security screening; allow a minimum of an hour after check-in to help prevent a missed flight.

CATSA, which is responsible for security screening at Canada’s airports, is a key partner and we’re working with them to help ensure optimal scheduling at security screening. Passengers can view current CATSA wait times at Halifax Stanfield at, however, please note that the queue fluctuates and can build quickly.

We have a larger number of flights at peak times of the day, which may create longer lines at CATSA security screening:

  • Early morning from 6:30-8 a.m.
  • Afternoon from 12-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.
  • Evening from 9:15-11:30 p.m.

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