Startup Cascadia Air Launches Amid COVID-19
with Rapid Emergency Air Delivery (READY) Services
Emergency routes transport essential personnel and supplies to communities across BC
Cascadia Air, British Columbia’s newest commuter airline has opted to forego the launch of its commercial air-taxi flights to instead provide Rapid Emergency Air Delivery (READY) services to support smaller remote communities across BC, as they slowly recover from the social and economic disruptions caused by COVID-19.
With more than three decades of commercial aviation, medical, air ambulance and crisis management experience, the airline’s senior staff began these initiatives in late February with the goal of supporting BC residents during one of the most challenging periods in recent history.
Cascadia Air’s READY services comprise separate aircraft dedicated to carrying personnel and cargo supplies capable of landing in remote communities and smaller unpaved airstrips. Flights transporting essential personnel are maximized at 60 percent of the aircraft’s seating capacity to allow for continued safe distancing between passengers.
Cascadia Air has also received significant support from a growing network of similar small commercial air carriers and local community partners that is prepared to provide more timely and expansive services to these towns and remote communities across British Columbia.
“COVID-19 is a global crisis with an unprecedented impact on all of us. This is a time where we all need to step up and help others, however we can,” said Jeremy Barrett, COO and Chief Pilot of Cascadia Air. “At this time, our only focus is making our READY services available to support towns and remote communities across BC. 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.”
About Cascadia Air
Cascadia Airways Inc. (Cascadia Air), is a Transport Canada approved small commuter airline new to the Province of British Columbia. Cascadia Air’s leadership is comprised of general aviation veterans and business executives with over 30 years of successful business development and growth management experience. Cascadia Air offers unique travel destinations and short air-taxi commuter services to various destinations on Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Lower Mainland, Nicola Valley, and Okanagan Interior regions of British Columbia. Cascadia Air has temporarily postponed all corporate activities to focus on the READY BC initiative to assist the people of our communities in British Columbia in staying safe and strong against COVID19. For more information visit: Cascadiaair.com.
Media release and images provided by Malania Dela Cruz, Avenue PR.