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Nova Scotia Travel Guide

Nova Scotia — Airports

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

The largest airport in all three Maritime provinces was officially renamed after former Nova Scotia premier Robert Stanfield in 2005. Five years later, slightly over three and a half million passengers have entered this award-winning airport making it Canada’s seventh busiest. London, England is just one city on the airport’s jam-packed flight schedule that includes New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and nearly every other Eastern Canadian airport. Seasonal destinations include Frankfurt, Detroit, Reykjavík, Bermuda, and a variety of winter resort destinations throughout Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean.

Shopping options include a Roots outlet, a candy shop, several Hudson Group outlets, a Tech On The Go kiosk, and a souvenir store called Island Beach Company Quality Crafts. Passengers can order lobster from Clearwater Seafood to ship home or enjoy a relaxing backrub before or after their flights. Airport restaurants range from fast food to casual cafés and relaxing pubs. A tranquil chapel, a children’s play area with well-padded floors, and a Travelex Canada booth are among the airport’s other amenities. Nova Scotia passengers can even enjoy live entertainment from talented local performers on summer Friday afternoons.

The airport parkade’s lower level contains car rental representatives from Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, National, Avis, Dollar, and Thrifty. Several limousines and taxis stand at the arrival side curb side ready to take you into Nova Scotia. MetroX is the name of the Metro Transit number 320 bus which travels between the airport and downtown Halifax at least once an hour. A shuttle service called Airporter takes you between the airport and various Halifax hotels, while other shuttle buses travel to Prince Edward Island and smaller Nova Scotia cities. Although Acadian buses do not directly go between Halifax and the airport, they do run between the airport and many other Nova Scotia destinations. The 22-mile journey from the airport to downtown Halifax takes between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on Highway 102 traffic.

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