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Halifax reports traffic rise

Halifax Stanfield International Airport served 3.5 million passengers in 2010, up 2.7% from 2009.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport served 3.5 million passengers in 2010, up 2.7% from 2009.

It was the second busiest year in the airport's 50 year history, falling narrowly short of the all-time high of 3.57 million passengers per annum set in 2008.

“We share this achievement with all of our partners – airlines, tenants, retailers, volunteers, all levels of government and the dedicated employees of Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA),” says Tom Ruth, HIAA President & CEO.

“I especially want to thank Nova Scotia Business Inc, Greater Halifax Partnership, Destination Halifax, Nova Scotia Tourism, ACOA and the NS Gateway Secretariat – all members of the Air Gateway Committee. Our partners have worked very diligently with us to grow air service to the region.”

The 2010 sector breakdown sees transborder traffic (non-stop to the United States) up by 7.3% to a record of over 350,000 passengers. Meanwhile, domestic traffic is up 2.8% and international passengers are down 4%.

“The continued strength of Air Canada and WestJet, in addition to US Airways’ three daily flights to Philadelphia and Porter Airlines’ new four a day flights to St John’s and year-round daily flights to Ottawa highlighted a robust year for us,” says Ruth.

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