Fee increase part of airport plan - Metro US

Fee increase part of airport plan

Purchasing new snow and ice removal equipment and the expansion of several areas of the terminal are among the early highlights of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport’s new 10-year Capital Plan.

The plan, to be finalized this fall, will detail the airport’s capital investment priorities for 2011 to 2020. According to the Halifax International Airport Authority, the plan aims to improve passenger safety, reduce flight delays, as well as improving and upgrading its facilities to expand airport services.

While the plan is not yet complete, the HIAA has announced it will include a $5 increase to Airport Improvement Fees, meaning every passenger starting their trip in Halifax will have to pay $20.

According to HIAA spokesman Peter Spurway, the fee increase is seen as necessary for the continued expansion of the airport.

“When we look at what we would like to do, or what needs to be done over the next 10 years … it did become relatively clear to us relatively early that we need to go to a $20 AIF,” he said.

The AIF was last increased in 2009, to $15 from $10.

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