Rega helped more than 11,500 patients in 2018


Swiss air rescue service Rega helped 11,579 patients last year, during which time it organised more than 17,000 missions for the first time in its history. Such efforts are made possible by 3,483 million patrons (members) of Rega – an increase of 47,000 from 2017.

Rega’s operations centre organised a total of 17,124 missions in 2018, a 7.3-per-cent increase on 2017, which equates to around two jobs per hour, 24 hours a day. Especially in the summer months, the helicopter crews’ services were in great demand: 12,573 missions took place during summer 2018, which was the third warmest summer since measurements began in 1864. The increasing number of missions has resulted in Rega commissioning two new H145 helicopters in Bern and Basel. By the middle of this year, the organisation said, it will be replacing its fleet based at Mittelland with seven H145s.

Rega also operates fixed-wing air ambulance services, which were busier than ever last year with 980 flights taking place, an increase of just over 10 per cent on 2017. In total, 369 patients were also repatriated to Switzerland onboard a commercial flight with Rega medical staff.


Other news

Leonardo – an engineering company operating in the aerospace, defence and security sectors – has opened a new facility in Pisa, Italy, dedicated to the development and...

A single-engine, fixed-wing plane has been added to AirCare – the air ambulance service of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), US.

The Kopter Group (Kopter) is starting its next expansion step and has commissioned architect Dima & Partner based in Glarus with the design, planning and construction...

Following heavy flooding along the Santa Ana River in California, US, 15 people were airlifted to safety on 14 February.

Air ambulance charities in England, UK, have been invited to bid for a share of up to £2 million of a total £10 million grant to spend on upgraded equipment and facilities...