Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

New Isle of Man air ambulance provider chosen

Woodgate Aviation Image copyright Woodgate Aviation
Image caption About 350 patients are transported to the UK for specialist treatment each year

The Isle of Man's air ambulance service will be run by a new provider from 1 April, it has been announced.

Woodgate Aviation will take over the multimillion-pound contract from Capital Air Charter.

General manager David Shaw said they would "hit the ground running", adding there would be "no disruption".

As well as responding to emergencies, the air ambulance takes about 350 patients each year from the Isle of Man to the UK for specialist treatment.

Mr Shaw said the company will have one fully-equipped aircraft dedicated to the Isle of Man service "with additional back-up when required".

The company, which has bases at Belfast International and Ronaldsway airports, currently provides Northern Ireland's air ambulance service.

They are contracted to run the Isle of Man service until April 2020.

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