Halifax Stanfield International Airport is committed to making the facility as easy to use as possible for people with disabilities and special needs. It is barrier-free, with wheelchair accessibility to all areas of the terminal building, as well as other various accessibility features.

Autism Aviators

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Together with Autism Nova Scotia, Halifax Stanfield has created Autism Aviators, a program that aims to ease the travel process for individuals on the autism spectrum.

The program includes an annual mock travel day where individuals on the autism spectrum and their families get to experience airport processes first hand, including check-in, security screening, waiting at a gate and boarding an aircraft. As part of this program, resource material has been created to help ease the travel experience for anyone on the autism spectrum. This material may also be very useful for anyone who has a special need.

For more information, or to view/download the material, please visit www.autismnovascotia.ca.

Accessible Local Transportation

There are many accessible transportation options in and around the city of Halifax. Click here for more information.

NEED-A-LIFT Transportation Services provides wheelchair accessible bus and taxi service to Metro and surrounding areas. Reservations require 24 hours’ notice and may be made by clicking here or by calling (902)-222-LIFT (5438).

TJ’s Driving Service offers wheelchair accessible bus and taxi service to Metro and throughout the province of NS. Reservations require 24 hours’ notice and may be made by calling (902)-441-9100.

Car Rentals

Passengers interested in renting vehicles with accessible services/features should contact the rental car company directly for information.

Click here for more information about accessible transportation and travel across Canada.

Arrival and Check-In

  • The terminal building has four slow moving revolving doors – two in the check-in area and two in the arrivals area.
  • All doors are equipped with automatic push bars.
  • All ground transportation agencies have lowered check-in counters.
  • The terminal building has an accessible “Ask Me” Kiosk, which includes flight information, maps, etc.
  • All ATMs are equipped with tactile markers.
  • Accessible shuttle transportation to and from the terminal building to the parking lot is available.
  • Passengers requiring an escort to provide special assistance through secured areas to boarding gates/areas must contact their airline directly to request a temporary boarding pass.

Designated Relieving Area for Service Animals and Pets

There is a designated relieving area for service animals and pets located outside the terminal building, beside the parkade. To access the area, take the centre tunnel exit which is located near security/lost and found.

Personal Assistance at the Airport

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is proud of its Volunteer Host Program made up solely of volunteers. Our Tartan Team provides a warm and friendly welcome, and are easy to spot in their Nova Scotia tartan vests.

  • Volunteers are on site most days of the week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers also provide information and directions related to facilities, services and retail stores.
  • Wheelchairs are available by making prior arrangements directly with your airline.

Prearranged Special Needs Assistance

People who have a special need may request assistance on a prearranged basis. A minimum of three weeks notice is required. Please email your request to info@hiaa.ca or you may contact us directly at 902.873.2995 or 902.873.1434 during business hours of Monday to Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm. Please include the following information:

Name of traveller
Travel date
Airline and flight number
Time of arrival at airport curbside
Telephone, cell phone, email address
Nature of special needs assistance
Name of person arranging assistance (if different from above)
Telephone, cell phone, and email address
Vehicle description (type, make of vehicle, colour)

Please note: Arrival time must be accurate. If you do not arrive at the prearranged time assistance will not be available.

We strongly suggest that you also contact your airline ahead of time regarding your special needs.


There are TTY public telephones throughout the terminal building.

Most public telephones are wheelchair accessible and have volume controls.

Finding your way around

  • All signs are positioned to avoid glare or shadows.
  • All signs have contrasting colours and meet width and height guidelines.
  • All signs have sans serif letters and Arabic numbers.
  • Tactile markers are located in all elevators and escalators.
  • Contrasting colour and grading is used between the walkways and waiting areas on the second level departures area.


All washrooms at Halifax Stanfield International Airport are wheelchair accessible. You will find them in the following areas:

Check-In/Ticket Counters
Food Court/Airport Square
Domestic Arrivals Area
International Arrivals Area
Departures Level – Gate 16
Departures Level – Gate 20
Departures Level – Gate 23

All private family washrooms, with the exception of the one near Gate 20, are also fully accessible.

Other Accessibility Features

If it’s necessary for someone with special needs to become familiar with the airport, Halifax International Airport Authority provides familiarization tours free of charge.

If a fire alarm is activated, special ceiling lights inform the hearing impaired.

For more information about accessibility features at other airports across the country, visit the Canadian Transportation Agency’s Passenger Terminal Accessibility section of their web site.

Travelling with Kids

Visit our Kids Fly Zone for information and helpful hints when travelling with children.