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Halifax Airport anticipates return to normal for holiday travel season

By Jakob Postlewaite Dec 20, 2022 | 5:04 PM

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Holiday air travelling is ramping back up after two years of the pandemic.

Lisa Batstone with Halifax Stanfield International Airport says they finished the year in 2020 and 2021 with a million travelers, while it was over four million in 2019.

She says in November, passenger volume was at 90% of what it was before COVID-19.

“That’s a really good sign that our recovery is well underway. We expect it will be very busy over the holidays here. Anyone who is travelling through the airport should expect to see almost the same number of people that they would have seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Batstone recommends arriving at the airport two hours before your flight.

She shared more tips to speed up your check in process, including doing it online and having everything ready to pass through security quickly.

“Another really important tip for carry on bags is that you can’t bring wrapped Christmas gifts through,” says Batstone. “That’s important during that holidays because if they need to be unwrapped then it defeats the purpose of your wrapped gift.”

She says it’s also important to be aware of the weather where you’re leaving from and where you’re going, because both can cause flight delays.

Batstone also recommends checking the flight schedule and road conditions before leaving for the airport.


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