Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hope Air helping to fly Canadians to healthcare

A  Canadian charity is making it easier for residents in smaller communities to fly to areas with more healthcare benefits.

Hope Air launched its first Canadian online Business Aviation Registry this week encouraging businesses to register their corporate aircraft to provide public benefit flights to low income people who need to travel to healthcare.

In the past Hope Air had been restricted by the Canadian Transport Agency (CTA) to the size and type of aircraft which could be used for public benefit flights.

However Doug Keller-Hopson, the Executive Director of Hope Air tells 630 CHED’s Tencer and Grose that those restrictions were lifted in March, and that’s opened up their market to the business aviation sector.

“In early March of this year we had those restrictions all lifted for Hope Air, and we’re now able to engage and put people on a Trans Canada plane, Suncor, Enbridge just to name a few” says Keller-Hopson

For 27 years now Hope Air has been providing free flights for low income Canadians having provided 85,000 flights in that time.

Hope Air and its commercial airline partners and donors were able to provide 7,090 free flights last year to Canadians.  


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