Hal­i­fax Stan­field Air­port fees to go up

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Hal­i­fax In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity is up­grad­ing its in­fra­struc­ture as part of a 10-year plan.

The Hal­i­fax Stan­field In­ter­na­tional Air­port will un­dergo fa­cil­ity changes and an ex­pan­sion of cur­rent ser­vices.

“Hal­i­fax Stan­field is one of the most crit­i­cal pieces of trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture in At­lantic Canada,” said Joyce Carter, HIAA pres­i­dent and CEO, in a press re­lease. “Over half of all the air pas­sen­gers and air cargo that move in At­lantic Canada pass through our air­port, cre­at­ing a tremen­dously pos­i­tive im­pact on Hal­i­fax and the en­tire province as an eco­nomic gen­er­a­tor and growth en­abler.”

In­vest­ments in­clude up­grades to air­field light­ing, run­way, taxi­way and apron restora­tion and ter­mi­nal build­ing ex­pan­sion, among other things.

“Th­ese im­prove­ments demon­strate our con­tin­ued fo­cus on safety, and are re­quired to meet the needs of our cur­rent and fu­ture pas­sen­gers and visi­tors, al­low­ing us to com­pete ef­fec­tively for new busi­ness and to adapt to the long-term needs of our air­line part­ners,” said Carter.

There are three pri­mary sources of cap­i­tal fund­ing that ma­jor Cana­dian air­ports like Hal­i­fax Stan­field can use to fund nec­es­sary cap­i­tal in­vest­ments — rein­vest­ment of op­er­at­ing sur­pluses, debt mar­kets (bor­row­ing) and the Air­port Im­prove­ment Fee ( AIF).

They HIAA has an­nounced a $3 ex­tra charge to the AIF, to $28, ef­fec­tive Jan.1, 2018.

“This $3 change will be re­flected on air­line tick­ets sold on or af­ter Oct. 1, 2017 for Hal­i­fax pas­sen­gers whose flight departs on or af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2018,” said a re­lease.

HIAA is also an­nounc­ing that the AIF charged to pas­sen­gers de­part­ing to Sydney, will de­crease to $15 from $25, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2018.

This $10 change will be re­flected on air­line tick­ets sold on or af­ter Oct. 1, 2017 for Hal­i­fax pas­sen­gers whose flight departs on or af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2018.

“We want to make the op­tion of fly­ing be­tween the two largest cities in our province more af­ford­able. A five-hour road trip can eas­ily be­come a short 40-minute flight, al­low­ing busi­ness trav­ellers to make a quick day trip be­tween the two cities and al­low­ing tourists vis­it­ing our province, that don’t have much time, to ex­pe­ri­ence both Hal­i­fax and Cape Bre­ton.

“We be­lieve this re­duc­tion in AIF for pas­sen­gers fly­ing within Nova Sco­tia will im­prove the com­pet­i­tive­ness of air travel in the re­gion,” says Carter.

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