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Halifax Stanfield Airport issues all parking bays on a first-come, first-served basis and, as a result pre-bookings, are not possible. All of the rates stated on the YHZ website include Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) at a rate of 15 per cent.
The airport’s hourly parking areas are found on levels P1 and P2 of the Parkade multi-story parking lot. When inside the Parkade, look for hourly parking signs and follow directions to an appropriate space. There’s no maximum daily charge for parking in the hourly bays, making them more appropriate for short stays.
The Terminal Exterior Parking Lot is an outdoor area, located a short walk from the YHZ terminal. Being so close to the main building, this outdoor parking area is designed for short stays, although the daily fees and maximum weekly charges are reasonable for slightly longer stays.
The Parkade also comprises daily parking areas on levels P1, P2, P3 and P4. Find your way to one of these spots by following the daily parking signs. This parking area charges standard rates for each 30-minute and 60-minute period, while daily and weekly maximum fees are also in place. The maximum weekly rate is slighter higher in these areas than in the Terminal Exterior Parking Lot.
Park'N'Fly is the long-term parking area on Barnes Drive, a few minutes’ drive from the terminal building, with a free 24-hour shuttle service on hand to take you to the main building and back. Park'N'Fly is the furthest lot from the terminal and offers stays of no less than 24 hours. Despite this, its maximum daily and weekly rates are also the lowest on-site, making it a budget-friendly place to leave your vehicle for prolonged periods.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is the eighth-busiest flight hub in Canada. It handles more than 3.5 million passengers each year, most of whom hail from Halifax, mainland Nova Scotia and the nearby Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. YHZ provides flights to more than 30 non-stop domestic and international destinations, as well as a handful of seasonal offerings.
YHZ is located in Enfield, Nova Scotia, and is 23 miles (38 kilometers) from downtown Halifax, the provincial capital. The airport is easy to reach via the Nova Scotia Highway network, with car journeys to Halifax taking around 30 minutes and Halifax Transit-operated MetroX buses (number 320) reaching the city within an hour.
A seasonal shuttle service runs between Halifax and the airport from the start of May until the end of October, while regular shuttles are also available from the Maritime Provinces to YHZ.
There are no trains to or from Halifax Stanfield Airport itself, as the airport doesn’t have an on-site train station.
Halifax International Airport first opened in September 1960, after the lack of a suitable airport in the city started to hinder the burgeoning commercial operations that were emerging in the city.
Since opening, the airport has evolved from a relatively small operation serving central Nova Scotia to a hub for flights across the Atlantic region. In 1960, the airport served 180,000 passengers but sustained expansion over the years increased passenger numbers to 1.7 million in 1980 and to 2.5 million in 1990. The airport now handles more than 3.5 million passengers every year.
An important moment in Halifax Stanfield Airport’s history occurred after the tragic events of 9/11, when it played a major role in Operation Yellow Ribbon. As part of the mission, YHZ received more than 40 aircraft in an effort to divert planes from USA airspace in the aftermath of the attacks.
In 2005, the airport was renamed Halifax Stanfield International Airport to honour the 17th Premier of Nova Scotia, Robert L. Stanfield. Five years later, YHZ marked its golden anniversary with a massive $550 million renovation program. This included the expansion of the arrivals areas and a complete overhaul of the airport taxiways and runways. The road in front of the terminal was also rebuilt to allow traffic to flow more freely on-site.
When it comes to on-site amenities, Halifax Stanfield Airport is brimming with options. You’ll find celebrations of Halifax’s maritime culture in its seafood restaurant and in the clothing stores inspired by its location on the east coast of Canada. You can pop into the familiar homegrown coffee shop for your morning wake-up call, pick up some handy travel items in the vending machines and convenience stores or relax with a meal or drink in one of the many restaurants and bars.
To pre-arrange special assistance for your time at YHZ, you can call +1 902 873 2995 or +1 902 873 1434 from 8am until 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. You’ll find more information on the airport’s Special Needs Services page.
Facilities at Halifax Stanfield Airport include:
There is a trio of three-star hotels within two miles (3.2 kilometers) of Halifax Stanfield Airport. The 169-room ALT Hotel is the only on-site accommodation, connected to the YHZ terminal via a short footpath on the second level. Overnight parking is included in your reservation. The ALT boasts nice rooms with matching furniture, a desk, a spa-like bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a clock radio. As a guest at the ALT hotel, you will find a hair dryer, an iron and an ironing board in your room and you'll have access to the on-site gym to help you look and feel your best.
Located three minutes’ drive from YHZ, the Quality Inn Halifax Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport provide a similar standard of accommodation and throw free parking and airport shuttle services into the bargain.
If you’re looking for a little more luxury, four-star hotels like the Prince George Hotel and The Hollis Halifax offer 24-hour room service and valet parking. You can reach either of these hotels from YHZ in under 30 minutes by car and paid shuttle services are also available.
Given the fact that Halifax is famous for its seafood, the Clearwater Seafoods outlet at YHZ is a great place to sample the cuisine in question. The company is committed to sustainable fishing, while many online reviews praise the high-quality food and great service.
Canada is the sixth-largest seafood producing country in the world and Nova Scotia is responsible for a large amount of those exports. With this in mind, buy seafood at YHZ and savour the taste of local cuisine before or during your flight.
Metalsmiths Sterling is a luxury jewelry store that takes its inspiration from elite sterling silver designers in the UK. The store sells a huge range of contemporary handcrafted jewelry with prices to fit all budgets.
Whatever tickles your fancy, this store’s range includes chains, rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets, all of which are made from the finest silver.
From packing to fighting your way through the traffic and finding the gate in time for take-off, there are many things that make air travel stressful. To help relieve the tension, you can head to the Massage Center, close to Gate 20 on the Departures Level, for a relaxing shoulder, neck or back massage before you climb aboard.
Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in the number of artisan alcohol makers in Nova Scotia, with many breweries based in Halifax. Come to Liquid Assets to find some of the best craft ciders, wines and spirits from the province, all of which are handpicked for quality and taste.
The huge range on offer includes beverages from seven artisan distilleries, 13 wineries and three cideries in the area, so you’ll always be spoilt for choice.
The Loop Duty Free store offers a mix of great quality products and customer interaction to ensure you get the best deals from your duty free shopping experience. It sells a huge range of branded alcoholic beverages, confectionery, tobacco and gourmet foods and you’ll also get to choose designer fragrances and skincare products for prices 20 per cent lower than those found in department stores.
If you forgot to pack the right gadgets before your trip to YHZ, the Best Buy Express is available to help you grab anything you need on the move. This large vending machine offers more than 60 must-have tech accessories. Whether you’re looking for tablets, MP3 players, headphones, chargers or travel adapters, YHZ ensures you can stay plugged in with plenty of time to spare.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is small, but it is home to some fascinating exhibits documenting the marine history of the Maritime region. Halifax has a rich shipping history and its port still enriches the local economy. The city’s ships also played a huge role in one of the significant events in nautical history when the Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage.
A favourite of many visitors to the museum is the host of artefacts from the wreckage of the Titanic. Here, you’ll see historic photographs and pieces of the ship’s lavish woodwork. Most poignantly, you’ll also discover a mortuary bag and the shoes of an unnamed little girl, among many other items that bring home the true scale of the tragedy.
The Maritime Museum plays fitting tribute to the victims, as well as to the diligence and respect evident in the people of Halifax’s reaction to the disaster.
With its distinctive star-shaped structure, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site comprises four defensive forts, all of which have stood on the site in their current form since 1856. The Citadel’s coastal location high on top of a hill led British forces to build Halifax around it and it’s fair to say the city quite literally owes its existence to the structure.
The Citadel was the command post at Halifax as the city became one of four main naval bases for the British Empire. As the fort grew, so did the city, while its role in supplying military forces with food and other essentials helped create a thriving local economy.
Come to this popular landmark to learn more about the fort and its importance to Halifax and watch the 78th Highland Regiment in action. Listen to bagpipes and snap a selfie with one of the Highlanders before the sound of the Noon Gun signals that it’s time for lunch.
With its four distinctive vessels, the Halifax Harbour ferry service is very much part of everyday life in the city. In operation since 1752, the service has been running longer than any other on the North American continent.
The ferries provide a quick and cheap way to travel over the bay to Dartmouth, allowing you to see many different sites in a short space of time. During your time on the ferry, you’ll also get to take in arguably the best views of the Halifax skyline, all without spending any more than the price you paid for a single or return ticket.
The Annapolis Valley is home to most of Nova Scotia’s world-renowned, award-winning wineries. Grape Escapes is one many companies offering wine tours to the region and their Wine & Lunch Escape gives you the chance to sample the region’s best food with the tipple of your choice.
Your guide takes you through miles of jaw-dropping scenery and you also get to visit three of the Valley’s award-winning wineries, before sampling some of the local cheeses. You can then enjoy a two-course meal with a glass of wine or beer and indulge in chocolate tasting before the drive back to your drop-off point.
Located just over the road from Halifax Stanfield Airport, Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum offers you the chance to see a number of historical aircraft, each with its own fascinating story to tell. The Canadian Navy used the TBM Avenger as a torpedo bomber during World War II, but after its military action, the Avenger saw service as a spray plane for putting out forest fires until 1975.
The Lockheed Jetstar flew the country’s Prime Ministers on diplomatic missions across the globe. The model in which former PM, Pierre Trudeau, flew was once considered the epitome of Canadian glamour.
There’s no better way to spend your layover at YHZ than to check out key aircraft spanning the Atlantic region’s rich aviation history.
Halifax Stanfield Airport has just one terminal and two runways. The airport serves as a main hub for Air Canada, the only airline to offer year-round flights from YHZ to both domestic and international destinations, including the United States. WestJet also offers mostly year-round flights to other airports within Canada, although it does begin flying to other countries during summer.
NewLeaf and Porter provide frequent domestic flights, while the likes of Delta, Elite Airways and United serve exclusively to connect YHZ with cities in the USA. Other airlines operate from YHZ on a seasonal basis only.
The airlines currently offering flights to and from Halifax Stanfield Airport are:
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Halifax Stanfield Airport is located on Bell Boulevard in Enfield, Nova Scotia. For sat nav directions, you can use the post code B2T 1K2.
Driving from downtown Halifax, make your way on to Highway 102. Continue for 21.7 miles (35 kilometers) and take Exit 6. You should reach YHZ in 30 minutes, although it could take 45 minutes in heavy traffic.
If you’re making your way to YHZ from New Brunswick by car, get on to the Trans-Canada Highway/NS 104 E towards NS-102. From Prince Edward Island, find your way to NS-102 via Trans-Canada Highway/NB-2 E. From either province, leave Highway 102 at Exit 6 and you’ll come to the airport on Bell Boulevard.
The MetroX 320 bus service runs from downtown Halifax to YHZ every 60 minutes during regular hours and every 30 minutes during peak times. You can download the number 320 bus schedule in PDF form on the Halifax Transit website.
Maritime Bus runs services connecting over 40 Maritime locations with YHZ, while the Airport Express is a seasonal bus service running from downtown Halifax to the airport between May 1 and October 31. You can download details of other airport shuttle services running to the airport from different stops in the areas here.
For the safety and security of everyone at YHZ, the airport does not permit any driver to leave their car unattended in front of the terminal. Doing so may result in a heavy fine and your car may even be towed away at your expense.
YHZ provides free WiFi throughout the terminal building. To get online, choose the “Halifax_Airport” option from your list of available networks, open your browser, tick the box to accept the terms and conditions and click ’Continue’.
Many airports either don’t have a children’s play area or have one hidden away in an area that’s hard to find. If you have small children, you (and they) will be pleased to know that there are a number of safe and fun play areas dotted throughout the YHZ departures lounge.
If you need something other than the play areas to keep your youngsters amused, look out for the friendly volunteers dressed in Nova Scotia tartan. The YHZ Tartan Team volunteers hand out copies of Emily and Jett’s Adventure to children between the ages of six and nine. This is a great way to keep the kids amused rather than restless, before or during your flight. Go to the YHZ Airport Storybook page for more information.
There are no conference rooms at Halifax Stanfield Airport. However, a number of hotels in the area, including the ALT, Quality Inn and Garden Inn Halifax Airport, do provide meeting rooms for business travelers.
No uncaged animals are allowed at YHZ, except guide dogs and those working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Customs or the Food Inspection Agency. If you’re flying with pets, you must take them through the terminal in airline-approved cages.
The terminal is open 24 hours a day, but many of the stores and services close at around 9pm.
Yes. There’s a multi-faith worship center on the second-floor mezzanine, which is open 24/7 and offers a tranquil space to reflect away from the din of a busy airport. An airport chaplain is based on-site to provide spiritual counseling and the center offers help for issues of grief, stress, addiction and more.
Yes. The Public Observation Area is on the third floor and is easy to access via elevators in the lobby.
Yes, you can exchange currencies at the International Currency Exchange in the main lobby. You may also buy lottery tickets and purchase stamps there.
Halifax Stanfield Airport is free from barriers and provides wheelchair access in every part of the terminal. Several mobile aids and other accessibility features are also available to ensure that your time in the airport is a pleasant one.
YHZ also works with Autism Nova Scotia to provide the Autism Aviators program, as part of an effort to ease the stress of flying for children and adults on the autism spectrum. For more information, you can go to the Autism Nova Scotia website or the YHZ Special Needs Services page.
In addition, most public transport in Halifax has low floors for better wheelchair access, including the buses and taxis traveling to and from YHZ.
Halifax Stanfield Airport is home to two duty free shops. You’ll find one opposite Gate 24 on the departures level, which closes 45 minutes before departure of the international flights not bound for the United States. The other store is in the US Preclearance facility, where it closes at last call.
YHZ does not allow smoking anywhere inside the terminal. However, there are designated areas outside the main building.
The MetroX 320 bus (Halifax Transit) runs frequently to the airport from downtown Halifax with several stops in between. The Maritime Bus company operates a seasonal Airport Express shuttle service from the start of May until the end of October each year.
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