Deccan Aviation and Apollo Hospitals have signed a memo of understanding to launch what they say is the first air ambulance service in Bangalore, India.
The service will operate from the New Apollo Hospital, a 250-bed multi-specialty tertiary care unit in Bangalore.
Deccan is India’s largest private-sector charter aviation company, with a network of seven bases across the country.
New Apollo Hospital is the flagship unit of the Apollo Hospitals group, which says it is the largest hospital group in Asia.
Since 1998, Deccan has pioneered air services for medical and emergency evacuations and has provided support to Comprehensive Trauma Care, a non-profit organization that airlifts those in need. Deccan’s collaboration with Apollo will allow it to carry out medical evacuation from any part of India.
Deccan’s executive chairman, Capt. G.R. Gopinath, said insurance companies in India should step forward and provide medical insurance that covers air ambulance services.
"This is particularly critical for meeting the demands of a fast progressing country in need of better medical facilities and attention," Gopinath said.
Apollo Hospitals began air ambulance services in 2002. The hospitals in Kolkata and Colombo have roof helipads, while the New Delhi and Hyderabad hospitals have landing facilities.