PORT HASTINGS, NS — Improvements to the Allan J. MacEachen Airport will see the construction of a new aircraft hangar and de-icing facility, opening the airport to emergency aircraft throughout long winter.
Celtic Air Services is spending nearly $1 million on the new 10,000 square foot hangar, which will accommodate aircraft with a wingspan of up to 70 feet. Along with the de-icing facility, the company said the upgrades will provide better access to timely emergency services – including LifeFlight aircraft – throughout the winter months.
Celtic co-owner Trent Vichie called the improvements vital for the region.
“Community leaders have expressed their desire for these much-needed improvements that are integral to keeping local Nova Scotians safe,” Vichie said.
“We are pleased to invest in this community and its people.”
David Morgan, chairman of Celtic Air Services, said the new hangar and de-icing facility will attract new business and improve safety.
“The most significant flights that use our facilities are EHS LifeFlight operations,” Morgan said.
“When they can’t land here because of the ice, it’s a heartbreaking feeling waiting for the weather to clear. We are thrilled to finally make these improvements to the airport and welcome winter air traffic of all types.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2022 and should be operational in early 2023.