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Helijet extends Free Flights Program for BC health-care responders


May 7, 2020
By Helicopters Staff


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Helijet International, based in Richmond, BC, is the world’s largest scheduled helicopter airline having carried more than 2.5 million passengers. (Photo: Helijet)

Helijet International on May 4 announced it will continue to offer no-charge flights for British Columbia health care responders travelling on business between Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

A trial initiative announced by Helijet back on April 1 offered free seats to doctors, nurses or others working in the health-care sector who needed to travel quickly to provide direct patient care; or to attend urgent medical strategy sessions or briefings surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

“During our first four weeks, we’ve flown 140 health professionals. Based on that amount of interest, we’ve decided to extend the program until further notice,” said Danny Sitnam, president and CEO of Helijet, based in Richmond, BC. “We want to do our part to help health care responders travel quickly between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island when they need to during this ongoing pandemic.”

As an essential service air transport provider, Helijet continues to fly daily scheduled passenger and cargo flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. With valid identification, Helijet explains BC health care responders travelling on business can book seats free of charge on any scheduled flight between Vancouver Harbour and Helijet’s Vancouver Island terminals in Nanaimo and Victoria, based on seat availability.

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In addition to its scheduled helicopter services, described as the world’s largest such operation, Helijet also provides dedicated medically equipped helicopters to the BC Air Ambulance Service, which is operated by the province’s BC Emergency Health Services.