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Cascadia Air delays air taxi launch to help B.C.'s rural communities

Instead of flying customers to destinations across B.C. this spring, new airline Cascadia Air is carrying personnel and cargo supplies to remote communities.
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Cascadia Air was ready to offer commercial commuter flights in B.C. this year, but has instead switched course to provide emergency services. Photo: contributed.

Cascadia Air was all ready to launch its commercial air taxi flight service across the province - until the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

So the Vancouver-based airline, which has more than three decades of commercial aviation, medical, air ambulance and crisis management experience, is instead providing Rapid Emergency Air Delivery (READY) services to support remote communities across B.C.

Instead of flying patrons to all parts of B.C., Cascadia Air is carrying personnel and cargo supplies to remote communities that have smaller, unpaved airstrips.

“COVID-19 is a global crisis with an unprecedented impact on all of us,” Cascadia Air COO and chief pilot Jeremy Barrett said in a press release. “This is a time where we all need to step up and help others, however we can.

“At this time, our only focus is making our READY services available to support towns and remote communities across B.C. Even as the province plans to reopen its economy in the coming weeks, we believe it will take much longer for certain supply chains and services to go back to normal and this crisis is unfortunately far from over.”

- By Kirk Penton / Castanet 

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