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Improving arrival routes to Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Updates are being proposed for arrival routes to Halifax Stanfield International Airport (CYHZ) to support further use of Required Navigation Performance (RNP), a flight procedure that levers satellite-based positioning and modern flight management systems to manage an aircraft’s approach to a runway. RNP allows for flexibility in the design of arrival flight paths that are more predictable and efficient. In addition to implementing new RNP approaches at CYHZ, updates to Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) are being proposed. No changes to departure routes are being proposed.


The flight path changes will be used by specifically equipped aircraft. Only a small portion of aircraft – approximately 22 per cent – is currently equipped to employ RNP routes at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.  

NAV CANADA endeavours to design new flight paths that meet safety and efficiency requirements while being sensitive to community impacts.

RNP is the most reliable way to achieve Continuous Descent Approaches, which reduce fuel consumption and noise associated with level segments.

The proposed routes will save up to three minutes on a flight and result in a cumulative reduction of more than 1,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) each year (that’s the same as approximately 100,000 car trips from Halifax to Sydney!). Where possible, the routes were designed to avoid residential communities.

Information Package

The information package below provides information on the proposal, including technologies, key considerations that went in to designing routes, maps of current operations, including traffic samples of proposed flight paths, on a runway by runway basis, as well as noise model information.

Consultation Information Package (available in PPS or PDF)

PowerPoint Slideshow

PDF (smaller file size)​

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Open House Consultation Event

In addition to accessing information on this website, residents are invited to participate in the following public drop-in consultation event

August 24, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sackville Heights Community Centre

45 Connolly Rd

Middle Sackville, NS

B4E 1S6