Faith, Hope Air & Charity
October 2, 2007 By David Carr
With over 4,500 flights a year and a 10% increase in passenger
volume, Torontobased Hope Air is one of Canada's fastest-growing air
service providers. It has a national route map that covers some of the
most isolated spots in the country – and without owning or operating a
This is because Hope Air is not an airline. It is a charitable
organization that delivers hope and free flights to thousands of needy
Canadians who require non-emergency medical treatment or diagnosis not
available in their home communities.
"Canadians are often surprised to learn that in most cases
governments do not cover the cost of transportation for medical
treatment. We are here to fill a gap for those who can't afford the
price of a ticket," said Corrie Fraser, executive director of Hope Air.
The only organization of its kind in Canada, Hope Air has knitted
together an impressive network of airlines, volunteer pilots and
corporate sponsors. Approximately 94% of its passengers are flown on
seats donated by Air Canada, (including Jazz), Air Creebec, Bearskin
Airlines, Central Mountain Air and WestJet. CanJet and First Air came
onboard this fall.