The Allan J. MacEachen Airport in Port Hastings is getting an upgrade.
Celtic Air Services has announced it will build a 10-thousand square foot hangar and a de-icing facility, providing the local area with greater access to timely emergency services, including LifeFlight aircraft through the winter months.
The upgrade, costing almost $1 million allows the new hangar to accommodate aircraft with up to a 70-foot wingspan. The announcement was made by Celtic co-owners David Morgan and Trent Vichie.
Construction will begin this fall and is expected to be operational early next year.
The news is being welcomed by Provincial Health Minister and Antigonish MLA Michelle Thompson, who says upgraded access for EHS LifeFlight services at the airport will allow teams to operate in winter weather and means medical professionals can get to patients in need more efficiently and will play a role in improving the healthcare system.