With bases in Cumbria and the North-East, our aircraft and crew are perfectly positioned to respond when needed.

We operate two staffed bases at Langwathby, near Penrith, and Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington. We also have a forward operating base at Newcastle International Airport to give us the best possible coverage in an area of around 8,000 square miles.


Our recently refurbished base on the outskirts of Langwathby, near Penrith, provides accommodation for our team in the North-West. We have space in a hangar at the site, giving the Pride of Cumbria aircraft a safe and secure home in the county.

Flying times (approx):

  • Carlisle – 7 minutes
  • Windermere – 8 minutes
  • Whitehaven – 13 minutes
  • Barrow – 15 minutes

Durham Tees Valley Airport

Our home in the North-East features large hangar space and a cabin base. Our emergency response across our whole region is coordinated from our airdesk at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Flying times (approx):

  • Middlesbrough – 4 minutes
  • Northallerton – 5 minutes
  • Stanhope – 11 minutes
  • Sunderland – 12 minutes
  • Newcastle – 14 minutes

Newcastle International Airport

We have a small base in Newcastle International Airport, featuring landing facilities and a crew room. The facility is known as a forward operating base as it is not permanently staffed but nevertheless provides essential refueling and rest facilities on the doorstep of Northumberland.

Flying times (approx):

  • Alnwick – 7 minutes
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed – 14 minutes

The future - Urlay Nook

Over the next two years, we will relocate our Durham Tees Valley Airport base to Urlay Nook, just a few miles away near Eaglescliffe. There, the helicopter and crew will join the charity’s fundraising, lottery and administration teams. The site will house the North-East’s first Medical Centre of Excellence, providing training and education to pre-hospital clinicians from all over the world.

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