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These organizations provide airline flights for patients that need to travel for medical reasons.
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Also note: One parent reports that if you contact the airlines for medical issues they will let you have the cheapest rate for the airfare, meaning even though you are leaving tomorrow, they will give you the same discount as though you did a 30 day advance ticket.
Note: Another listing of airline flights for kids.
Air Care Alliance
"The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service. This site will introduce you to us and to all the groups we list whose volunteers perform public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, environmental support, and other missions of public service."
Air Ambulance Angels (Air Compassion America)
Air Compassion America® is a non-profit patient advocacy/assistance organization established to help locate and coordinate bed-to-bed air ambulance service. No-charge assistance to families in need. (Not a broker.)
Air Ambulance Network
"Worldwide Air Medical Service" A Worldwide leader in medical transportation since 1971. They offer air ambulance. (Commercial.)
Air Ambulance Service
Air Ambulance Service provides medical transportation to injured, infirmed and those unable to fly without medical supervision across the globe. Experienced medical teams are dispatched to escort patients to their primary care centers on a case by case basis as dictated by the individual needs of the patient. (Commercial.)
Air Ambulance Flight
"Our company provides worldwide air ambulance flights for the sick and injured. We specialise in flights that originate or finish in Europe. The USA to UK or vice versa is a common repatriation flight that our doctors and nurses perform." (Commercial.)
Air Critical Care
Offices in AZ, MI, NY, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (Commercial.)
While not free, this Arizona-based company offers assisted medical flights at very reasonable prices compared against typical medical flight where the patient must pay. (Commercial.)
Long distance motor coach or bus transportation for patients at no cost.
Angel Flight, Inc. People Flying People in Need
Angel Flight is a non-profit organization of pilots and other volunteers dedicated to serving the community by arranging free private air transportation for medical patients who cannot afford to utilize normal, commercial transportation. Angel Flight also provides services to blood, organ and tissue banks. Angel Flight is a member of Air Care Alliance, a group of 37 organizations providing similar services throughout the United States. These groups are coordinated through a toll-free service (NPATH) that helps individuals in need find assistance in their area.
This is a small volunteer organization that operates (only) in and around Oklahoma.
Angel Charity Network
Air Charity Network (ACN) provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis. This is a network of volunteer pilot organizations - nationwide.
Angel Flight at NIH
For patients in medical and financial need who need to travel to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Arranges charitable airline flights for patients involved with NIH clinical trials or other rare disease or rare cancer treatment programs or clinical trials.
Children's Flight of Hope
Children's Flight of Hope provides free, private air transportation to and from medical facilities for children in need. "With our organization-owned aircraft and crew of experienced volunteer pilots, we transport children and their families to and from hospitals throughout the eastern United States. We seek to ensure that children in our service area (North Carolina) are not denied access to medical treatment at distant facilities due to either financial need or a medical condition that precludes travel via ground or commercial aircraft." (Local flights only.)
Corporate Angel Network
Free flights for cancer patients and their families. Private jets used by corporations that have empty seats, free flights. No financial requirements. One of many advantages is low risk of exposure to contagious illness because just a few people are on plane. (Note: flight not guaranteed even after it is arranged.)
FOOTPRINTS in the Sky
7375 South Peoria Street Suite # 209, B-10 Centennial, CO
A Denver-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing flights to medical facilities throughout the United States for people in need of critical and life-saving medical care.
LifeLine Pilots is a private, non-profit organization that provides people in medical and financial distress with access to free air transportation on small (4-6 seat), private aircraft for health care and other compelling human needs. (Local flights.)
Mercy Medical Airlift
Mercy Medical Airlift serves nationwide and is the oldest and largest charitable medical air transportation non-profit in the United States. Free airline tickets for cancer patients and their escorts are available year around. (MMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation. MMA is totally supported through charitable giving and the services of volunteer pilots and office assistants.
Midwest Express Miracle Miles
One free flight, thereafter flights are discounted. No financial requirements. Call Natalie Fuerst at 1-414-570-3644. (A small program.)
Miracle Flights for Kids
(800) -359-1711 or (702) 261-0494
Transporting children to medical treatment since 1985.
National Patient Air Transport Helpline (NPATH)
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation. Will refer cancer patients to Mercy Medical Airlift for free tickets.
"Providing special trips to children who are facing life threatening illness." Free flights, no financial requirements. Operation Liftoff provides air transportation for children with a life threatening illness for a wish trip or treatment trip. (Very small.)
These pages are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to render medical advice. The information provided on Ped Onc Resource Center should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you suspect your child has a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.