Pioneering Canadian gateway, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, celebrated its 50th anniversary at the weekend.
Although the Canadian gateway actually opened in June 1960, it considers September 10 to be its official birthday as the date marks the day that it opened its passenger terminal 50 years ago. “We are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone in the life of our airport,” enthused Tom Ruth, president and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority.
When the airport opened in 1960, it featured Nova Scotia’s first escalator and now it has the province’s first moving sidewalk, which runs from the parkade to the terminal building. Other firsts include first digital billboard installed in Atlantic Canada by Pattison Outdoor in 2009 and the appointment of one of the world’s first female bosses when Janet Shrieves was named general manager in 1987.
The gateway is also a global customer service leader having being ranked the world’s best airport for overall passenger satisfaction in its class (under five million passengers) for the last seven years.
“Although there’s been tremendous change over the past 50 years, one thing has remained constant, and that’s our collective commitment to service,” says Ruth.
“For a half century airport employees past and present have served more than 86 million passengers and visitors with a friendly smile and a helping hand. On behalf of HIAA, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of them whose outstanding efforts have indeed made, and continue to make HSIA a world class airport.”
Over the past 50 years the airport has grown almost 20-fold from about 180,000 passengers in 1960 to over 3.4 million in 2009.