The eight airports in the Aena network in the Canary Islands operated a total of 3,300 ambulance flights in 2016, including movements of airplanes for the transfer of organs and medical equipment for transplantation.
Meanwhile, in the whole of Spain there have been 14,500 ambulance flights, an activity developed by the National Transplant Organization (ONT). To this type of flights is added the movement of medicalized airplanes for the transfer of sick and wounded and also includes the movement of sanitary helicopters of the different autonomous communities. During 2016, airports in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands concentrated more than 40% of all registered ambulance flights on the Aena network. Thus, while in the Canary Islands airport complex, with eight airport facilities, last year around 3,300 ambulance flights were operated, in the Balearic Islands, which include the Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Son Bonet facilities, registered 2,800 flights ambulance. Finally, the Heliport of Ceuta, with almost 200 flights, and Melilla Airport, with more than 780 flights, added between them about one thousand operations of this type. To these airports, due to the high number of operations carried out in 2016, Malaga-Costa del Sol airport, where about 1,100 ambulance flights were registered.
FLIGHTS FOR TRANSPLANTS:
Within the overall network of airports in the Aena network, the airports of Barcelona-El Prat, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Córdoba and Palma de Mallorca stand out due to the number of movements carried out by the National Transplant Organization (ONT). Majorca. In 2016, these facilities registered around 800, 590, 470 and 900 ambulance flights respectively, of which a large number corresponded to the transfer of organs and medical personnel required for transplant interventions. For specific operations classified as ambulance flights, it would be necessary to add also those transfers of organs and personnel that the National Transplant Organization makes using the collaboration of the airlines in their commercial flights.