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Record Breaking Year for U.S. Traffic

Wed January 26, 2011

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) served 3,508,153 passengers in 2010, up 2.7 per cent from 2009. This marks the airport's second busiest year in its 50 year history. (Record set in 2008 when the airport welcomed a record 3,578,931 passengers.)

"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 per cent to a record of over 350,000 passengers. Meanwhile, domestic traffic is up 2.8 per cent and international passengers are down 4 per cent.

"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.

In 2010, Halifax Stanfield was served by 18 passenger airlines flying to a total of 44 destinations (23 year-round and 21 seasonal). The airport managed an average of over 170 flights each day.

"Our commitment to provide superior service at Halifax Stanfield reaches far beyond those 3.5 million passengers," says Ruth. "When you consider the family and friends who pick them up and drop them off, we have the opportunity to provide a positive experience to over 5 million people a year. We take our responsibility to each and every one of them very seriously," he says.

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