Halifax/Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, or Halifax Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZ, ICAO: CYHZ) is an airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, a community inside the Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada. It serves Halifax and mainland Nova Scotia as well as adjacent areas in the neighbouring Maritime provinces. The airport is named in honour of the Robert Stanfield, the 17th Premier of Nova Scotia and leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
The airport, owned by Transport Canada since it was constructed, and operated since 2000 by the Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA), forms part of the National Airports System. The airport hosts the headquarters of Chorus Aviation and CanJet.
It is the 7th busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic. In 2010, the airport handled a total of 3,508,153 passengers and 87,015 aircraft movements.
HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
An airfield in West End, Halifax on the Halifax Peninsula known as Chebucto Field was built as the Halifax Civic Airport by the City of Halifax in 1931 and operated as the city’s main airport until 1942, when it closed and was converted to an army base. Today Saunders Park, named after the first Halifax airport manager, marks the site. RCAF Station Shearwater functioned as Halifax’s primary airport until June 1960, when the current airport was opened. The Kelly Lake site was chosen in 1954 after an elaborate search for suitable location. The land was purchased by the City of Halifax while the federal Department of Transport constructed the airport. A key factor was to find a site near Halifax with a minimal number of days per year when fog would affect airport operation. There is a continuing myth that the tree cutting that was required to construct the airport altered the fog patterns, however a weather analysis of the 1960-2008 period would show that this is, indeed, an “urban” myth. The origin of the myth may come from commuters, who may experience very localized fog near the airport during their morning drive along Highway 102.
HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
Halifax/Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, or Halifax Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZ, ICAO: CYHZ) is an airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, a community inside the Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada.
HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 477 ft.
Runway length available: 05/23 8800×200 ft. :: 14/32 7700×200 ft.