This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Helijet is offering free flights to medical professionals traveling on business between Vancouver and its Vancouver Island terminals in Victoria and Nanaimo beginning Monday (April 6) for at least 30 days. Helijet is the world’s largest helicopter airline operating a fleet of 17 aircraft with regularly scheduled passenger service. “We’ve been providing downtown-to-downtown scheduled air service for 34 years and we know that right now, every minute counts,” explained Danny Sitnam, president and CEO of Helijet International. “We’re proud to help out during the Covid-19 crisis by supporting free flights for British Columbia’s health-care responders who may need to travel to and from Vancouver Island. Their efforts are unprecedented right now, and we’re proud to help where we can.”
Helijet is now designated as an “essential service” air provider and is currently the only air carrier operating regularly scheduled “downtown-to-downtown” passenger and cargo flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The service is operating on a reduced schedule based on current demand, with daily return flights between Vancouver Harbour and Victoria Harbour, as well as Vancouver Harbour and Nanaimo Harbour.
During the Covid-19 crisis, Helijet has instituted a variety of sanitizing and social distancing measures on its scheduled and charter flights including limiting aircraft passengers to six from the usual 12, sanitizing aircraft cabins before each flight and at the end of the day, providing hand sanitizer for all travelers, deeper cleaning terminals, and offering only grab-and-go pre-packaged foods and beverages.