June 01, 2007

Wasaya Airways reaching new heights with Timmins operation

While Wasaya Airways LP has been in existence for 18 years, on Wednesday the company officially celebrated its first anniversary working out of Timmins.

For the company's vice-president, Jonathon Mamakwa, setting up a base in Timmins hasn't been a major challenge.

"It's really been good for us," Mamakwa said before the anniversary celebrations began in the ballroom at the Days Inn.

Mamakwa said the city has been an easy place in which to work, but what has made the airline so successful in Timmins has been the enthusiasm of its customers.

"The customers have been more than helpful," he said.

"It's not too often you have customers that get customers who (quickly) get the word around."

Wasaya Airways is a 100-per-cent First Nations-owned domestic airline based in Northern Ontario. The company has flown out of a number of communities before setting up a base in Timmins, including Thunder Bay, Pickle Lake and Sioux Lookout.

Mamakwa said ideally, the company would like to expand its services in the Timmins area.

By Scott Paradis / The Daily Press

Source: www.timminspress.com

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