01/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/20/2020 09:17
When visiting Halifax Stanfield in 2020, it's hard to believe the terminal building that exists today is nearly 60 years old. With bright interiorsandlarge windows, modern washrooms and other passenger amenities,Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) has made strategic investments over the past two decadesthat put passenger needs, like accessibility,at the forefront.
'We care deeply about making tangible improvements that raise the bar and better serve all passengers, partners and community members,' said Joyce Carter, President and CEO, HIAA.'That's why last year, we engaged aRick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification Professional to rate ourfacilityandreaffirmour commitment to accessibility and inclusion at Halifax Stanfield.'
Today, HIAA is pleased to announce that Halifax Stanfield has received the 'RHF Accessibility Certified Gold' rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC)program, the first Gold Certified facility in Nova Scotia.
'This achievementis a testament to the ongoing efforts of HIAA's employees, partners,and our overall airport community,who help create a superior customer experiencefor everyone who passes throughour airport,' said Carter. 'We're all very proud of this milestone.'
RHFAC is a national programand the first to rate meaningful access, based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision and hearing.
'Many congratulations to Halifax Stanfield International Airport for its incredible success at achieving Accessibility Certified Gold status. People with visible and invisible disabilities experience accessibility challenges every day and with record numbers of passengers travelling through Canada's airports, it's critical that we create a country where everyone can go everywhere. I hope your leadership inspires others across Canada to innovate and become more accessible and inclusive so everyone can fully participate in society,' said Rick Hansen, Founder, Rick Hansen Foundation.
Halifax Stanfield has a broad range of accessibility features that led to this achievement, including:
For more information about the RHFACprogram, please visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website.