The COVID 19 pandemic has put all kinds of businesses to the test and an Atlantic Canada charter company is showing the agility that’s necessary to stay in business. Celtic Air Services, based in Port Hastings, Nova Scotia, did most of its business flying well-heeled golfers to area resorts on its aircraft. Since that business disappeared because of pandemic restrictions, the company needed to re-invent itself.
Shortly after travel restrictions were imposed, regional airlines suspended service to dozens of outlying communities. Celtic bought Quebec-based Axair Aviation and is now filling the gaps left by the regionals by offering business charters to those cities now without scheduled service. The company is also trying to take advantage of the “staycation” movement inspired by the pandemic and offering helicopter tour packages within the Atlantic bubble.