Pacific Coastal Airlines Strengthens Commitment to Health Access through Ongoing Partnership with Hope Air

RICHMOND, BC, February 29, 2024 – Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to the continuing partnership with Hope Air, an organization dedicated to facilitating complimentary air travel for families and individuals in need of long-distance transportation to access critical medical care.

Hope Air, recognized as the only national charity providing free flights, accommodations, and travel support for Canadians in financial need facing health-related challenges, operates with a clear and impactful mission. Their services are intentionally barrier-free, ensuring accessibility for patients in small, rural communities requiring medical travel assistance far from home.

Annually, Hope Air extends its support to 3,000 patients across 560+ communities in Canada. Their comprehensive assistance encompasses flights, accommodations, meals, and rides, alleviating the logistical and financial burdens that patients may encounter during their medical journeys.

This partnership is instrumental in providing direct access to medical care, addressing challenges that patients might otherwise confront, such as potential appointment postponements or cancellations, enduring lengthy journeys of up to 16 hours each way, or accumulating overwhelming personal debt to secure necessary healthcare. Over the past 17 years, Pacific Coastal Airlines has generously provided Hope Air clients with over 7,000 flights, further solidifying our commitment to improving healthcare access for those in need.

“In a vast province such as British Columbia, access to health care is often difficult and full of barriers The ability of Hope Air to support people at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives is made possible through the strength of our relationships with our corporate partners. We are tremendously grateful to Pacific Coastal Airlines for their commitment and generosity to Hope Air patients over the past 17 years.” Stephanie Aldridge, Executive Director of Hope Air British Columbia.

“We are proud to stand beside Hope Air in their mission to make healthcare accessible to those facing geographical and financial barriers,” said Johnathan Richardson, VP of Customer and Commercial. “Our commitment to this partnership aligns with our values of community engagement and social responsibility, and we are dedicated in supporting Hope Air’s impactful mission.”

Pacific Coastal Airlines looks forward to continuing and enhancing our collaboration with Hope Air, reinforcing our shared dedication to creating positive and lasting impacts on the communities we serve together.

About Pacific Coastal Airlines
Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately-owned British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR) that currently flies to 18 airports in British Columbia. Connecting to additional destinations along the south coast of British Columbia through its affiliate airline Wilderness Seaplanes, located in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.

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About Hope Air
Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing free travel support through flights, accommodations, meals and ground transportation for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 180,000 travel arrangements for patients regardless of age or medical need.

For people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to them accessing vital medical care. Hope Air is a unique and essential part of our Canadian healthcare system. Hope Air is accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards. This accreditation validates our commitment to good governance and transparency. For more information, visit

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