Startup Cascadia Air launches amid COVID-19

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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% of the aircraft’s seating capacity to allow for continued safe distancing between passengers.

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