On average, this corresponds to 30 patients a day, to whom Rega crews brought medical help from the air in Switzerland or abroad. Rega is run on a patronage system, and in 2019, 3,552 million patrons enabled Rega to ensure air rescue services across Switzerland - a net increase of 70,000 people compared to the previous year.
in 2019, its operations center organized 16,782 operations. That is two per cent less than in the previous year and thus the second highest value after the previous record from 2018. Overall, the Rega crews transported 11,167 patients (-3.6 per cent) last year on board their rescue helicopters and ambulance jets.
Rega helicopters are subject to natural fluctuations. For example, they reflect the weather conditions and leisure behavior of the Swiss population and tourists in our country. The operational activity of the Rega helicopters in 2019 corresponds to the second highest value after 2018.
Rega ambulance jets in use worldwide for the Swiss population
Rega not only helps in Switzerland, but around the clock worldwide: In 2019, Rega repatriated a total of 1,345 patients (-0.7 per cent). 972 patients (-0.9 per cent) were flown back home in one of the three ambulance jets. For 373 patients (+ 0.3 per cent), Rega was able to organize the return trip on board a scheduled aircraft accompanied by an aircraft doctor, an intensive care nurse or without assistance.