Nova Scotia

Hole still causing delays at Halifax airport

Some travellers are still waiting to get out of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport as repairs continue on a runway problem that shut down air traffic for hours Sunday night.
Over 27 flights out were cancelled yesterday and 8 flights were diverted from Halifax. (CBC)

Some travellers are still waiting to get out of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport as repairs continue on a runway problem that shut down air traffic for hours Sunday night.

Crews were paving a hole —about three centimetres deep and 50 centimetres in diameter — in the runway on Monday.

Peter Spurway, spokesman for the airport, said it's not clear what caused the pothole.

"We've had the sort of asphalt expert take look at it. We believe it was weather related, we had a great deal of rain, water got under this particular patch," he said.

Over 27 flights out were cancelled Sunday and 8 flights were diverted from Halifax.

"It's very regrettable and we apologize for this inconvenience and at the same time, safety is paramount it simply wasn't a situation that could be worked around it had to be addressed immediately which meant that yesterday afternoon that runway had to be closed right away," said Spurway.

There is another runway at the airport, but it is undergoing construction and didn't have proper landing lights.

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