Halifax Stanfield Airport Increases AIF to Upgrade Facilities

Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is preparing to implement the next phase of its current 10-year capital plan to upgrade its facilities, expand current services and enhance the passenger experience at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Canada.
One of the ways in which the airport will fund the improvements is through the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF), which will increase from CA$20 to $25 from January 1, 2013.  The AIF is collected from departing passengers and is added to the price of each airline ticket, representing about 40% of Halifax’s passengers.
By the end of 2012, construction will have started on several developments, including the expansion of both domestic/international and US Preclearance check-in halls; upgrading the baggage handling and baggage screening systems; and the expansion of utility infrastructure.  Three emergency response/fire vehicles will also be replaced.  The extension of the main runway to 10,500ft (3,200m) is already under way.
Within the next three to five years, the US Preclearance holdroom will be expanded and the airport roadways will be reconfigured in order to increase capacity.
Tom Ruth, HIAA’s President & CEO, commented:  “Over half of all the air passengers and air cargo that move in our region pass through our airport.  We’ve accomplished a lot since the airport was transferred from the federal government 12 years ago but there is more to be done to ensure that Halifax Stanfield continues to be a global leader in customer service and a key driver in regional economic growth.”  (Image:  HIAA)


  1. These days any improvement of facilities and modernisation of commercial airport have to pay by passenger. Very natural, who using they payiing. Absolutely correct. All about passenger and public. No tax payers, no
    government, except if they’re using airport facilities, runways… As passengers no one else shoud pay but us.
    I’m regular air passenger and strongly believe, together with airports we are responsible for our comfort.
    Rodney Marinkovic, AME (ret.) Sydney/Kraljevo

    • Dear Rodney,
      I agree with you – airports develop capital improvement programmes to increase passenger comfort. I think that most travellers don’t mind paying a little extra on top of their airline fee if it means that they can enjoy better facilities on a future journey.

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