Halifax Airport Car Rental

Halifax Stanfield International Airport Background…

The first airport in the Halifax Peninsula was built in 1931 and was the main airport for the peninsula until 1942. From 1942 to 1960, the Royal Canadian Air Force Station Shearwater served as the primary airport for the peninsula until the airport that stands today was built. The City of Halifax bought the land but left construction up to the Department of Transportation, the precursor to Transport Canada. Once of the main reasons the site was chosen was because of the small number of fog days it saw as opposed to most of the region.

A myth was started and stood for decades that the tree cutting involved in the creation of the airport served to alter the fog patterns of the area. This was disproven in 2008 when a study of weather patterns over the course of 1960-2008 showed no such change in fog patterns had been observed. The airport serves about three and a half million people each year now and continues to grow steadily.

Halifax airport 2009

Halifax Stanfield International Airport Car Rentals…

The eight internationally renowned car rental companies of North America and beyond can be found on-site at the airport offering their services to passengers all year long. They are conveniently located on the lower level of the Airport Parkade, close to the rental car lot for easy access once all the paperwork for your rental has been signed accordingly. The vehicles area situated within the Parkade as well – use the myriad of signs to get to the Parkade (right across from the terminal) and the car rental agent counters on the main level.

Halifax Airport Directions to Halifax…

You’ll have to exit the airport the same way you’ll enter it, via Bell Boulevard Extension. Keep to the right-hand lane as you go and take the Nova Scotia 102 S on-ramp (watch for little green signs planted next to the road directing you to Halifax). After about ten kilometers on 102 you’ll need to turn left a bit onto NS-118 S and follow it all the way until it ends and turns into Woodland Ave. After a couple miles on Woodland, you’ll want to turn left onto Victoria Road, then right onto Nantucket Ave which will take you to the Macdonald Bridge toll road. After crossing the river, turn onto Barrington St and follow it until you can turn right onto Duke St. Once you’ve made it to Duke St you’ve made it to Downtown Halifax and will be ready to experience all the city has to offer.

Restaurants Near the Halifax Airport in Nova Scotia…

One restaurant that might be worth checking out is the Encore at the Inn on the Lake.  The address of the hotel and restaurant is 3009 Hwy 2, Fall River, Nova Scotia B2T 1J5.  You will find that you are very close to the hotel/restaurant when you approach the junction towards 118.  To get to the hotel, take exit 5 toward Nova Scotia Trunk 2 and as you veer right around the circle, you will see the dark red building to your right.  That’s where you’re going to find some solid curried chicken and fantastic soups.  Many of the locals love to frequent the Encore, and usually that’s a solid testimony to a good restaurant.


In the yard at the Encore at the Inn on the Lake

Halifax Airport Car Rental Return…

Remember that when you finally return your vehicle, you will be parked back at the Parkade across from the terminal.  Signs are well-placed near the terminal, directing you right back into the building.

There is a Petro-Canada gas station found on the airport premises since the next closest choices are a few miles away, but you may want to avoid to exorbitant convenience prices – if you can find something different. Your best choice on the way back is to turn around when you reach NS-102 and get off at the Fall River exit. Your only other choices are to refuel just before leaving the City of Halifax and cross your fingers, or to drive past the airport to Enfield. There is a slight chance that some closer gas stations may open in the near future, but you shouldn’t count on that when planning your trip.

Other Airport Amenities…

The amenities at the airport are plentiful, which is a big help when you consider how far away you are from the city. Food-wise you’ll find everything from Starbucks to Brisket Deli, and retail-wise you’ll find everything from the Halifax Market to Kids Works. While a far cry from the play zone many big name airports offer parents, Halifax International does offer printable coloring pages and an activity workbook to try and help your child stay entertained. All the other usual amenities, such as ATM machines and baggage carts, can be found around the airport as well.

Other Car Rental Options at Halifax Stanfield International Airport…

Other car rental options in the Halifax region include locations at Kempt Road – down from several car rental dealers and one on Lacewood Drive near the Clayton Park West area.  Strangely, there aren’t many rental car options for a town of this size.

With all eight of the major international car rental companies represented on-site, there is nothing you could possibly want for. If you want any special requests, be sure to ask as early as possible for the greater chance of your request being approved. Also, if you want a specific type of car, reserve it well ahead of time. With more than three and a half million passengers each year, you aren’t likely to get the car you want most last minute.
 
Source: Halifax Airport

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