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Firm hired to manage two Greenstone airports

Loomex Group will run airports in Geraldton and Nakina
The Greenstone Regional Airport is one of two that will be managed by the Loomex Group. (Greenstone photo)

An airport management firm has been hired to manage and operate the two airports owned by the Municipality of Greenstone.

The Loomex Group announced in a Nov. 29 news release it had been hired for the contract to run the Greenstone Regional Airport, located in Geraldton, and the R. Elmer Ruddick Nakina Airport, located in Nakina.

In the same release, the company said it has hired Pat Fagnano as the new manager for both facilities.

Fagnano has 29 years of aviation industry experience, most of it spent working for one of the top five airports in Canada. Fagnano has a pilot’s licence and is a certified member of the International Association of Airport Executives. He will start his new position on Dec. 1, and will be based out of the Greenstone Regional Airport.

The Greenstone Regional Airport is located nine kilometres north of the community of Geraldton. The facility consists of a 5,000-foot (1,524-metre) runway, terminal building and fuelling amenities. The airport is the home of the Ministry of Natural Resources Greenstone Fire Management Headquarters.

Recon Air Corporation operates an aircraft maintenance facility on site.

Airport activity consists of movements by aircraft charters, medevac flights, and Ministry of Natural Resources Fire detection and fire response aircraft. The airport is open seven days per week.

The R. Elmer Ruddick Nakina Airport is located adjacent to the community of Nakina. It is the closest airport to the territory known as the Ring of Fire.

The facility consists of a 3,500-foot (1,066-metre) runway, modern terminal building and fuelling amenities.

Booth’s Air Repair Inc. operates an aircraft maintenance facility in the Nakina Air Service hangar. Nakina Air Service is the provider of air transportation at this airport. The airport is open Monday to Saturday.

Established in 2009, the Loomex Group has offices in Peterborough and Calgary. It offers services in property management, communications, consulting and training with a focus on the aviation and aerospace industry.