Halifax Stanfield Airport rejigs concessions offer

CANADA. Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) says that renovations underway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, including new concession offerings, will enhance the passenger experience after some initial disruption.

The concessions offer is being upgraded across the entire airport, which is the main gateway to Nova Scotia.

There are three major alterations in pre-security. The Maritime Alehouse, operated by HMSHost and located in the main lobby, closed on 24 September and is anticipated to reopen in early December. It will be rebranded as Alexander Keith’s Alehouse. In the meantime, bar service continues to be available at the ALT Hotel.

How HMSHost’s Maritime Alehouse will look after its revamp and rebranding.

Hudson, the convenience retailer owned by Dufry, whose store is located in the arrivals area, will also be closed this autumn in conjunction with renovations to the domestic arrivals hall. When complete, it will become an open concept store, offering its existing product range as well as fresh flowers.

Landside, the Slip Hospitality-operated salad bar concept The Crispy Leaf will open in the food court later this year or early 2019.

Post-security changes

In the passenger-only area of the airport, Classic Back Rub, located near Gate 20, will shut this coming Friday (28 September) after 20 years of operation at Halifax Stanfield due to the owner retiring. HIAA says that it is sourcing options for a spa concept as a replacement.

Fresh Attractions, the F&B brand operated by HMSHost and located near Gate 20, will be closed from 2 October. It is anticipated to reopen prior to the peak holiday season in December. The Firkin and Flyer, a British pub concept operated by Slip Hospitality, will open in the domestic/international departures area across from Gate 18 in October.

HIAA Director, Air Service & Terminal Business Development Jo-Anne McLean said that the changes were part of “an entrepreneurial approach to diversify products and services, with a focus on local representation”.

Halifax Stanfield serves over four million passengers annually and claims to be the first airport in North America to offer self-service baggage drop for all passengers.

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