Halifax Stanfield’s Airside Construction Underway

Program entails airfield restoration, LED airfield lighting & Runway End Safety Area construction

Halifax, N.S. – Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA)’s 2018 airside construction program is well underway, and involves restoring specific areas of the airfield, implementing an LED airfield lighting program and constructing one Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Airfield Restoration

The airfield restoration has been underway for approximately six weeks and has entailed work on deicing bays as well as a portion of Taxiway Alpha. Additional work will be undertaken on Taxiway Alpha until the end of October. The airfield work is year two of a 10-year Airfield Restoration Program and is necessary to maintain the integrity of the airfield and ensure continued long-term safety and reliability.

LED Airfield Lighting

In conjunction with airfield restoration, HIAA is implementing a two-year LED Airfield Lighting Program which will involve the replacement of approximately 2,000 existing incandescent airfield lighting fixtures with new LED technology. Approximately 400 fixtures are being replaced between August and November 2018 as part of the 2018 construction season, with the remainder expected to be replaced in 2019. Overall, the program will result in improved airfield lighting, reduced environmental impact through saving in energy use and reduced maintenance costs.


From September 17 to approximately October 19, HIAA is undertaking work on one of its Runway End Safety Areas. This year’s work involves constructing RESA 23, with RESA work being undertaken on the remaining three runway ends in 2019. When complete, all four RESAs will be 150 metres in length and 120 metres wide.

Following extensive weather research and analysis, the airside construction schedule was developed to minimize the risk of the impact on flights from weather conditions such as high winds and/or low visibility. The work is planned during a time when the lowest risk of adverse weather exists. However, unusual weather conditions may occur that have the potential to cause delays and impact flight schedules. The Airport Authority is working with airlines to ensure that appropriate contingency plans are in place and will delay the start of RESA construction if the weather forecast indicates inclement weather.

RESA construction will affect the operation of Runway 05/23 for approximately five weeks beginning September 17; while other flight navigation aids will be operational during this time, the instrument landing system (ILS) on the main runway will be unavailable. ILS will still be available on the secondary runway (Runway 14/32). This means that in unusual weather conditions, delays and schedule changes may occur for certain types of aircraft in poor visibility and high wind conditions.

Updates about the airside construction and any related impact on airport operations will be issued as the projects progress. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we undertake this essential work. Your safe travel is our top priority.