Change of wind at the time of the pandemic
The Philippines, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for 18 months now, is facing a crushing industry upheaval: the drastic increase in demand for charter flights. Tourism, a major industry in the country, is one of the engines of the airline industry, and with the closure of countless tourist destinations, the number of commercial flights has also declined rapidly.
The occasional border closure didn’t help either. With limited commercial flights and with the ongoing pandemic, the need for charter flights has skyrocketed especially for those intended for medical evacuations (medevacs). Medical evacuations are intended for patients from remote and isolated areas who must be transported quickly and efficiently to a competent medical facility to receive emergency medical care. And yes, often the infection with COVID-19 is the case with the patient.
Medevac charter flights are flights aboard an aircraft equipped with stretchers, portable medical equipment, defibrillators, heart monitors, to name a few, piloted by a flight crew and medical team perfectly trained. We can say that the patient airlifted passengers per month in the country over the past 12 months have more than doubled. Charter flights, whether airplanes or helicopters, also play an important role in shipping essential goods to remote areas and vice versa.
In the days leading up to the pandemic, charters are primarily intended for the ease of business travel of corporate bigwigs or the means for the well-to-do to and from their vacation homes or vacation spots. choice with style. Medical evacuation was once well below demand, as most flights were arranged by insurance companies for the air transport of their policyholders. But along with the pandemic uprising in the Philippines, there has also been the uprising of chartered medical flights. Family members have taken it upon themselves to organize the fastest transport of their sick relatives to a medical facility, regardless of the cost.
The trend in the use of business and leisure charter flights towards the essential (medical evacuation, medical freight) has also changed. As restrictions were issued for non-essential travel, flight hours on medical evacuations and delivery of medical cargo have exceeded those on leisure and business flights. Charter flights for shipping goods (freight) at the start of the pandemic averaged 70 combined flight hours per month. Charter flights for business trips fell below average.
HelicopterRentals.ph, founded by charter veteran Augustus “Choy” Elciario, is one of the newest players in the charter flight scene. HelicopterRentals.ph provides all flight requirements, local and international, from business, leisure, to commuter transportation. It is also strong on combined air tours and yacht charter services, catering to luxury vacationers.
At HelicopterRentals.ph, you just need to be ready for the date and time of your flight. Elciario, who is also the president / CEO of the company, has a long history in the charter flight industry. Having gained his experience working in the most prestigious airline operators in the country, Elciario has realized his vision to offer the best experience to the customers of air taxis. The co-pilot in the company is Cheng Fulgencio who heads the operations of HelicopterRentals.ph.
Visit www.facebook.com/AirCharterGroup or message @helicopterrentals on Instagram to book a charter flight.
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