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Sudbury airport hangar gets premium makeover

Executive Aviation, Air Bravo set up high-end crew, passenger terminal
Greater Sudbury Airport

Two new aviation tenants are arriving at the Greater Sudbury Airport.

Air Bravo, a Thunder Bay air charter service, and Executive Aviation, a premium fixed-based operator from London, have jointly purchased and renovated a 20,000-square-foot hangar at the airport.

The hanger, built in 2011, was purchased from Geotech Aviation, the operators of a helicopter and airborne geophysical survey business. The property came on the market when Geotech decided to consolidate operations in the Toronto area.

Air Bravo, founded in 2001, provides on-demand air charter and medevac services for the Ontario government, private insurance companies and the mining industry in a coverage area that includes Northern Ontario, Quebec and Labrador. The company maintains bases in Thunder Bay and Barrie.

Executive Aviation provides ground and maintenance services at airports in London, Hamilton, Windsor, Waterloo, Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay.

The company also offers high-end, private passenger terminals that cater to charter, corporate and private aircraft passengers and flight crews.

“When passengers and flight crew arrive or depart from one of our private facilities, they truly appreciate the level of personalized VIP service we provide,” said Executive Aviation president Nelson Bradshaw in a Nov.19 news release.

“If passengers need ground transportation, we ensure their rental car is warm and waiting for them upon arrival. We also arrange a full range of in-flight catering, and now with our move to the new facility in Sudbury, we can offer corporate clients on site meeting or board room facilities, plus dedicated flight planning rooms and private rest and relaxation areas for flight crews.”

The company expressed confidence their arrival into Sudbury will enhance the airport’s image as a “preferred destination by private, commercial and corporate aircraft operators throughout North America.”

Executive Aviation has partnership arrangements with Bearskin Airlines, Sunwing, Porter Airlines and other air carriers across Ontario.

Its website indicates the Sudbury facility offers a fully-wired and pet-friendly private passenger lounge with a bistro-style kitchen and a customs clearance area. Flight crews will have access to a snooze room, lounge, gourmet catering and baggage handling and transfers.

The Sudbury facility will also offer jet refueling, ramp parking and de-icing.

In a joint news release, the two companies said acquiring the hangar was a “natural fit” since both Air Bravo and Executive Aviation’s non-competitive services complement one another.