Strong Fourth Quarter Lifts Airport Passenger Numbers

Trend Supports Growth in 2014

Halifax, N.S. – Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) welcomed 3,585,864 passengers in 2013. This marks the airport’s third busiest year, coming on the strength of a record fourth quarter surge in passenger traffic.

“We had a solid year, thanks to new and expanded airline routes,” says Joyce Carter, President & CEO for Halifax International Airport Authority. “We finished strong, posting records in each of the last three months of 2013 – a testament to our continued efforts to improve air service at Halifax Stanfield.”

Compared to 2012, passenger numbers were down 0.6 per cent.

- Canadian domestic traffic declined by 0.3 per cent or 9,645 passengers
- Transborder traffic (non-stop to the United States) dipped 0.6 per cent or 2,399 passengers
- International traffic fell off by 2.3 per cent or 7,793 passengers

“We are optimistic about our growth opportunities in 2014,” says Carter. “Building on the results in late 2013, it’s reasonable to expect the positive trend to continue into this year as airline seat capacity returns. New service already launched this winter includes Air Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Sunwing to St. Petersburg, Florida and Freeport, Bahamas, and Air Transat to La Romana in the Dominican Republic. This summer, Europe Airpost will introduce flights to Glasgow and Paris and Canadian North will begin direct service to Iqaluit. And, we will continue to work with our airline partners to maintain and grow our air service, particularly to the United States.”

In 2013, Halifax Stanfield was served by 17 passenger airlines flying to a total of 45 non-stop destinations (21 year-round and 24 seasonal). The airport served an average of over 170 flights each day to various points within Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

“Halifax Stanfield continues to be one of the most critical pieces of transportation infrastructure in Atlantic Canada,” says Carter. “We rank as Canada’s seventh busiest airport for passenger traffic, and when you consider passenger numbers on a per capita basis, we are second in the country, behind only Calgary.”

Destinations
Halifax Stanfield enjoys one of the best winter escape plans in the Atlantic region with direct service to multiple sun destinations in Florida, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico provided by Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, and WestJet.

Halifax Stanfield has Canada covered with Air Canada, Air Georgian, Jazz, Provincial Airlines, Sky Regional, Porter and WestJet serving the most domestic destinations from the Atlantic Canada region. Daily flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Charlottetown, Charlo, Deer Lake, Fredericton, Gander, Goose Bay, Moncton, Saint John, St John’s, and Sydney are complemented by seasonal service to Edmonton and Hamilton. A new service beginning in June 2014 to Iqaluit from Canadian North will further extend the airport’s reach to the growing North.

With daily service to Boston, Chicago, Newark, New York, and Philadelphia and seasonal service to Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, St Petersburg, Tampa, and Washington provided by Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Delta, Jazz, Sunwing, United, US Airways, and WestJet, Halifax Stanfield provides the most direct access to the United States further streamlined by the only US Preclearance facility in Atlantic Canada.

Halifax Stanfield, with Air St. Pierre, provides year-round service to St. Pierre & Miquelon, while across the pond Air Canada provides year-round service to London Heathrow, in addition to seasonal service from Condor Airlines to Frankfurt, Air Transat to London Gatwick, and Icelandair to Reykjavik. 2014 will see an increase in the number of flights to all European destinations and the addition of a new service to Glasgow and Paris provided by Europe Airpost.

Cargo
On the cargo side, 2013 marked a solid year, with 29,500 metric tonnes processed through Halifax Stanfield. This was close to matching the 29,570 metric tonnes that were handled in 2012. Looking ahead, with an agreement in principle for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union and the new Canada-South Korea free trade agreement there will be a positive impact on the lobster and live seafood export business as tariffs disappear making this product more attractive in the EU and Asia. In addition, the Chinese market remains a focal point, as lobster and other seafood exports continue to have double digit growth in demand.