It’s time for skiing again
It is high season for skiing holidays and thereby skiing injuries. During the winter season 2017/2018, SOS International registered more than 1700 cases, related to skiing injuries for Nordic travellers, which is an increase of approximately 10% compared to the same period the year before.
The high season for skiing injuries peaked during the calendar weeks 3-11 in 2018 and more than 30% of the total skiing accidents occurred in calendar week 7 and 8.
Dedicated “ski team” at the alarm centre for travel assistance
During the calendar weeks 3-13, there has been established a dedicated “ski team” as part of an adjusted manning at the alarm centre for travel assistance.
The ski team is responsible for all transports (when a traveller needs another travel form than originally planned), from the Alps e.g. Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland.
Pre-booking of flight seats
This year, SOS International has pre-booked more than 330 seats on flights from popular ski destinations in the Alps: For instance, Innsbruck, Munich, Salzburg and Geneva.
These flights are often sold out, but the pre-booking of these seats means that the insured does not have to wait unnecessarily long time to be repatriated.
Pre-booking of air ambulance and focus on shared transports
This year, there has also been pre-booked a number of air ambulance with flexible departures during high season. Currently once a week with the option of two or more departures during the calendar weeks 7, 8 and 9.
Further, the coordination role of the “ski-team” and their focus on shared transports of patients are to the advantage of our customers and end users. Focus on shared transports of patients, use of air ambulance seats and medical resources reduce costs and ensure flexible return flights for the patients.
Below you find the figures from the last ski peak season (the figures cover the period 01.07.17-30.06.18)