By Paul Walsh

MedAire, EBAA and BBGA organise joint Event in London, showcases Business aviation's impact

MedAire, EBAA and BBGA event in London highlighted critical role of Business aviation in medical support.

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On July 13, 2023, MedAire, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), in collaboration with the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) and MedAire, organised a significant event at MedAire’s headquarters in Chiswick, London. The event aimed to highlight the profound value that Business aviation brings to the forefront, particularly in governmental and medical support, such as repatriation efforts.

Morning Session: A Closer Look

The event commenced with an engaging morning session attended by EBAA ambassadors and BBGA board members and staff. The morning was filled with informative sessions, including a tour of MedAire’s Assistance Center, discussions about global risk outlook, and an exploration of the role of Business aviation in medical and security repatriation.

Panel Discussion: Advocating Business Aviation

A critical highlight of the event was a panel discussion on the value of Business aviation, featuring representatives from BBGA, EBAA, Icarus, politicians, and MedAire. Healthcare professionals and individuals who have directly benefited from Business aviation support also participated.

Highlighting the Success

During the event attendees gaining deeper insights into the critical role Business aviation plays in medical and security support, especially during repatriation efforts. It showcased the industry’s commitment to providing assistance in crisis situations, such as transporting relief supplies and aiding individuals in need.

MedAire’s significant involvement and expertise in these areas were particularly highlighted. In 2022, International SOS, MedAire’s parent company, arranged over 1,200 repatriation flights using business aircraft, underscoring the industry’s capacity to make a positive impact.

The event underscored the importance of Business aviation in a changing world, where travellers and flight crew face heightened health and security concerns. By proactively providing guidance and support, Business aviation not only ensures travel continuity but also contributes to the well-being of passengers and crew.

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