HALIFAX - The Halifax Stanfield International Airport recorded its busiest year ever last year.

Officials say the airport welcomed 3.6 million passengers in 2011, an increase of 2.5 per cent over 2010.

The latest figures show the airport handled more than half of all air passengers in Atlantic Canada last year.

Air traffic to other parts of Canada, the United States and other international destinations also rose last year.

The airport is served by 18 passenger airlines flying to 43 year-round and seasonal destinations.

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