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Not only is Halifax affordable and easy to reach by land, sea and air, it’s also close to the things that make our city unique- our seacoast, our lush countryside and our historic setting.

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Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) is Atlantic Canada’s centre for regional, domestic, and international flight service. Recognized by the Airports Council International’s Service Quality program as one of “the best airports in its class” (under five million passengers), HSIA is the very first airport in Canada and the tenth in the world to have earned the Airports Council International’s “Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Assured” industry benchmark of service excellence.

HSIA is the only airport in the region to offer Canada Customs services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and US pre-clearance services. A gateway city to North America, Halifax is geographically closer to Boston and New York than any other major Canadian city and is over one hour closer to Europe than any other major North American city.

Air carriers serving Halifax include Air Canada, WestJet, Porter Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Icelandair, Condor, Cubana, Thomas Cook, Air Transat and Air St. Pierre. With over 650 flights arriving each week, you can travel to Halifax on direct flights from most Canadian cities, from the major network hub cities of New York, Boston, Newark, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta in the United States, as well as London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Reykjavik and Frankfurt in Europe.

Once you arrive at the airport, you will find easy access to car rental companies along with limousine, taxi and shuttle bus services to transport you to your accommodations. To learn more about our airport, including the best flight options to Halifax from your location, visit




The US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance facility at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport makes it easy to do business and travel between the United States and Nova Scotia, as travellers are able to go through customs before they leave Halifax. This convenience results in a much easier arrival process in the US and much quicker connecting times to US hubs.


All visitors entering Canada by air, land and sea are required to carry a valid passport, and in certain cases, a visa to be eligible to enter. All persons entering Canada must fill out a declaration for Canada Customs. US and International conference delegates are entitled to specific importation privileges. For more information on Customs arrangements for conference delegates and exhibitors, please visit Canada Border Services Agency.


The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is applied at a rate of 15% to base goods and services. Non-resident (non-Canadian) sponsors, organizers and exhibitors MAY be eligible for a rebate of this tax. Accommodations in the Halifax region charge a hotel marketing levy of 2.0% on room rates.

For more information on tax rebates, visit Canada Revenue Agency.