Air Ambulance

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As part of a streamlined and efficient health system within New Zealand extensive use is made of air ambulance flights to relocate critically ill patients from smaller regional hospitals to those providing specialist care.

Whanganui airport is an important component of this system with a locally based airline, Air Wanganui, specialising in this service.

The airline has two Kingair pressurised turbo prop aircraft, a 200 and a C90, and professional aircrew on call 24 hours a day each day of the year.

Other air services based in New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay and Wellington are also used regularly to transport patients to and from Whanganui.