Halifax Stanfield Growth Reaches New Heights, 4.3 Million Passengers Served in 2018

Halifax, N.S. – Halifax Stanfield continued to experience steady growth in 2018, achieving a new record of 4,316,079 passengers served. This is an increase of 5.7 per cent over the previous year of 4,083,188 passengers served, which was the first time the airport surpassed the 4 million passenger milestone.

“We’re really pleased to see more and more passengers choosing to use Halifax Stanfield as their destination, point of departure or preferred transfer airport” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We believe this achievement is in part due to our ongoing focus with airline, government and tourism partners to provide the right connections for travellers to get to and from their destination of choice and making smart infrastructure investments to accommodate our growing service offerings.”

In 2018, the biggest percentage area of growth was seen in the international sector, primarily as a result of new services to London and Paris, and additional capacity to Glasgow, Reykjavik and Frankfurt.

Last year, Halifax Stanfield was served by 18 scheduled and charter passenger airlines flying to 43 destinations. The airport served an average of 170 flights each day to various points within Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.

“We’ve seen an increase in the travel choices available to our passengers, from ultra low-cost flights connecting Halifax to other parts of Canada and more nonstop flights to popular transborder and European destinations,” remarked Carter. “More choice and price points give passengers more reasons to travel, and our team is happy to be able to welcome so many travellers here at Halifax Stanfield. It’s one of the first and last stops for many visitors to our beautiful region and we’re pleased to play such an important role in the provincial and regional
tourism sector.”

Halifax Stanfield has been steadily growing over the last five years, with passenger volume increasing by 17.8 per cent, which equates to an additional 650,000 passengers.

2018 By the Numbers:
Total Passengers Served = 4,316,079 (up 5.7 percent over 2017)
Domestic Air Travel = 84 per cent of all traffic (up 4.6 per cent over 2017)
International Air Travel = 9 per cent of all traffic (up 19.5 per cent over 2017)
Transborder Air Travel = 7 per cent of all traffic (up 4.1 per cent over 2017)