Airport Upgrades Passenger Check-in and Baggage Processing

Improvements at Halifax Stanfield International Airport will provide additional space for passenger check-in and circulation, improved baggage handling and screening systems, and a modernized façade, consistent with the rest of the terminal building.


Passengers will notice various areas of the hall temporarily hoarded for construction. During this time, airlines may operate at different check-in counters than they normally do. All airlines will continue to operate and signs will help direct passengers to the appropriate check-in counter.  Passengers may wish to allow a little extra time to find their airline check-in area.

January 2013 to June 2013 – Transborder (U.S. Preclearance)

A project is also underway to expand the north (far) end of the terminal building to create an area to house new baggage processing and screening equipment for transborder (U.S.) flights. The expanded facility will provide increased capacity and more efficient baggage processing.

This new facility will enable renovations to take place in the check-in area for non-stop US-bound flights (Preclearance). The check-in area will be reconfigured with additional check-in counters and self service kiosks installed. New baggage drop devices will be installed which will significantly reduce the time required for passengers to check their luggage.

Passenger flow through the check-in area will be improved.

There will be minimal impact on passengers.

Construction management services are being provided by PCL Constructors Canada Ltd.

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean Basin, and Europe. It’s the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer Canada Customs services on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis, and U.S. preclearance. The Airport, a major economic generator valued at over $1.26 billion to the provincial economy, welcomes 3.6 million passengers annually; gives back through its Community Outreach Program and its Signature Partnership with Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank; and is an internationally recognized leader in customer service, having been rated the Best Airport in the World in its class for seven of the past nine years and certified as Airport Service Quality Assured – an industry benchmark of service excellence.

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