New York State of Mind – Halifax Stanfield to offer direct flights to the Big Apple

Maybe it’s the classic Billy Joel you have been listening to on Spotify or Apple Music lately, or maybe it is that you have started to plan the perfect way to ring in the New Year for 2023 that has got you in that New York State of Mind.  Whatever the reason we are excited to see Halifax Stanfield’s flight map for the first time since the pandemic began that Air Canada will be offering its non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield and New York (Newark Liberty International Airport) starting on December 16, just in time for that dream New Year’s Eve in New York City getaway.

We’re thrilled Air Canada will offer a new non-stop service between Halifax and New York starting later this year,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “The number one air service question we have been asked over the past several months, following the reinstatement of services since their cessation due to the pandemic, has been about New York. We know this connection is incredibly important in supporting our thriving business, industry, and academic communities, as well as our tourism operators. We very much appreciate Air Canada’s partnership in offering this valuable service to our communities, province and region.

Halifax’s proximity to New York, in terms of its location and time zone, facilitates easy business connections and tourism opportunities in both directions. Halifax Stanfield’s U.S. preclearance facility also provides an advantage for departing passengers who can pre-clear U.S. Customs in Halifax, arriving in the U.S. as a domestic traveller. This means passengers from Halifax are not required to visit U.S. Customs upon arrival in Newark and can immediately explore all that New York has to offer or make their way to a connecting flight.

Air Canada is very pleased to offer customers in Halifax and throughout the Atlantic Region a convenient new connection with New York. While the Big Apple is a popular leisure destination for people in Eastern Canada, it is also an important business market and this strengthened connection promises economic benefits, including increased tourism from the U.S. Beyond this, our partnership with United Airlines also provides easy onward connections to other U.S. centres from Newark through United’s extensive network,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

With a non-stop flight time gate to gate of under two hours, passengers will significantly benefit from the new route’s reduced travel time between Halifax and New York. Leisure travellers can take advantage of this new service for a weekend getaway for that concert or sporting event that you have been unable to attend over the past two years because of the pandemic and its restriction, while business travellers can now maximize their in-person time with clients and limit the time away from being focused on growing their business.

I want to thank Air Canada for its commitment to Nova Scotia,” said Susan Corkum-Greek, Nova Scotia Minister of Economic Development. “We know that the easier it is for people to get here, the more likely they are to come. And when it comes to experiences, Nova Scotia is like no other. This new non-stop service will bring new investment to our economy and open more possibilities for tourism, travellers, trade, and business.”

Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance Network. Therefore, passengers can seamlessly connect from Newark Liberty International Airport to other U.S. and international destinations with Air Canada’s Star Alliance partner, United Airlines making your New Year’s destination plans limitless.

by Ryan Myson