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A Guide to Air Ambulance Costs | IAS Medical


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How much does an air ambulance cost?

If you need to arrange medical transport, the last thing you should be worrying about is money, so here at IAS Medical we offer all-inclusive prices to help you understand exactly what to expect. The cost of an air ambulance will depend on your individual circumstances, with prices depending on the following factors:  

 If money is a concern, we will try our best to keep air ambulance costs as low as possible. For example, we will try to find an alternative hospital which charges lower fees and is as close as possible to the patient’s hospital ward.   

To get a rough idea of how much an air ambulance might cost for some of our most common destinations, read on below. However, to get an exact quote which is tailored to your needs, please call (+44) 207 2052 247 or request a quote online.

Air ambulances from Europe to the UK

CountryApproximate starting price
Canary Islands£19,500
Germany£8,500 (Düsseldorf)
£9,500 (Frankfurt)
£11,000 (Munich)
The Netherlands£8,000
Spain£14,000 (Alicante/Palma Mallorca/Mahon Menorca)

Air ambulances from Africa to the UK

CountryApproximate starting price
South Africa£75,000

Air ambulances from the Middle East to the UK

CountryApproximate starting price
Saudi Arabia£36,500
United Arab Emirates£38,400

Air ambulances from Asia to the UK

CountryApproximate starting price
The Philippines£89,000
Thailand£60,000 (Chiang Mai)
£65,000 (Bangkok)

Air ambulances from North and South America to the UK

CountryApproximate starting price

What our air ambulance costs include

Our air ambulance prices include a fully comprehensive bed-to-bed service, so you can rest assured that everything is taken care of. 

This includes:

  • Collecting the patient from their hospital ward, anywhere in the world
  • Requesting the patient's medical notes and translating them if needed
  • Providing a fully equipped medical aircraft and highly trained medics
  • Organising the patient's admission to an NHS or private hospital in the UK
  • Transporting the patient from the aircraft to the destination hospital by ground ambulance

The cost of medical crew

The overall cost of booking an air ambulance depends on various factors, including the number of medical staff required and the expertise needed to support the patient’s medical needs.  

As an indication of how this affects the overall cost of an air ambulance, the cost of recruiting medical experts is as follows: 

  • Flight Surgeons: £700 per day
  • Doctors: £700 per day
  • Nurses: £350 per day
  • Paramedics: £350 per day

The cost of our aircraft

Prices will depend on the type of aircraft you need to book, according to the clinical needs of the patient, the size of aircraft required and the equipment needed on board. Prices will also vary depending on how many people would like to accompany the patient on their journey, although this may not be possible depending on the patient’s medical condition. 

For non-serious cases, there is often a choice of aircraft, in which case we will use the most cost-effective aircraft available. 

Airport landing fees

All airports charge landing and aircraft handling fees, which will impact on the overall cost of your medical transport. There may also be extension fees to keep the airport open, as well as aircraft de-icing fees.

We provide air ambulances from major airports right across the world, so we can get as close as possible to the patient’s hospital ward. We then use an RAF airport for flights into London, which helps to keep air ambulance costs as manageable as possible.

Call us for a quote

To find out exactly how much an air ambulance will cost depending on your personal circumstances, please call us on (+44) 207 2052 247 to get a personalised quote or request a quote online. We are here 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have, so you can get the support you need at any time.

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