Yorkshire Air Ambulance faces rise in running costs

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Image caption The Yorkshire Air Ambulance's two helicopters serve about five million people

An air ambulance charity that attends emergencies across Yorkshire has said it faces a rise of over a third in its daily running costs.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) said it now needed to raise £9,900 a day to keep its two helicopters in the air - a daily rise of £2,790.

The charity, which gets no direct funds from government, said increasing fuel prices were partly to blame.

However, YAA said it was confident it could afford the spike in costs.

'Major impact'

YAA's helicopters attended 933 incidents and transported 431 patients to hospital for treatment last year, the service said.

The cost of running both helicopters, which cover the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region, had risen from £2.6m to £3.6m in recent years, said YAA.

Peter Sunderland, YAA chairman, said the charity was not immune to the "challenging economic environment".

"As a result, we are seeing a major impact on our running costs.

"These are mainly increasing operational costs, primarily fuel, premises, maintenance and other costs associated with operating two very large helicopters."

Currently based at Leeds Bradford Airport, YAA is due to relocate to Nostell Priory near Wakefield in the summer.

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