Wales Air Ambulance 20 years of saving lives

“Everybody who has contributed to our Charity over the years can be proud of their contribution as they have played their part in making the Charity what it is today. We would like to say a heartfelt thanks to the medics, pilots, critical care allocators, staff and volunteers, trustees, and all those who have fundraised and donated over the last 20 years.” - Dr Sue Barnes, Chief Executive.

2001 - 2003

• Wales Air Ambulance launched on St. David's Day 2001.

• Bases introduced at Swansea Airport and Caernarfon Airport (x2 Bolkow 105 DB model helicopters).

• Increase from a 5-day to 7-day service.

2004 - 2006

• Helicopters upgraded (Bolkow 105 DBS models).

• A third helicopter introduced at Welshpool Airport.

5,000 missions since launch.


2007 -2009

• Swansea and Caernarfon-based helicopters upgraded (EC135 model).

• Air Ambulance of the Year (Health Business Awards).

10,000 missions since launch.


2010 - 2012

• Welshpool helicopter upgraded (EC135 model).

• Air Ambulance Team of the Year (ASI Awards).

• 14,500 missions since launch.


2013 - 2015

• Consultants and Critical Care Practitioners join WAA with pioneering medical equipment.

• Innovative A&E-standard care now delivered.

• 19,000 missions since launch.

2016 - 2018

• Special Incident Award winners in 2016 and 2017 (Association of Air Ambulances).

• New South Wales head office and airbase opened in Dafen, Llanelli.

• Fourth helicopter launched (Children's Wales Air Ambulance based in Cardiff).

• Now the biggest UK air ambulance operation.

• 30,000 missions since launch.

Children's Wales Air Ambulance

2019 - 2021

• Wales Air Ambulance achieves long-term aim of providing a 24/7 service.

• 20-year anniversary.

• 38,000 missions since launch.

Wales Air Ambulance 24/7
Wales Air Ambulance was created by the people of Wales, for the people of Wales, and the growth of our charity is testament to the skill, dedication, passion and generosity that exists within our country.”