ACS continues to arrange relief flights for Ukraine refugees

By Damian Brett

Source: Air Charter Service

Air Charter Service (ACS) has arranged more relief flights to Poland and Moldova to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict in their home country.

The charter broker said that it had now arranged more than 20 relief flights to Poland and several more to Moldova carry cargo such as tents and medical supplies.

ACS said it also had a team on the ground that had been facilitating flight operations and purchasing and delivering supplies to various border camps and driving refugees to other destinations in Poland. 

Ben Dinsdale, ACS’s director of government & humanitarian services, said: “The stories are terrifying, and we are pulling out all the stops to make sure we do our part in the operation and get as many humanitarian flights into surrounding countries where Ukraine’s refugees have been arriving. We expect many more flights over the coming weeks and months, as the refugee numbers continue to grow. Generally the flights have been arriving into Poland, but we have also had several to Chisinau in Moldova, which is a short drive to the border.”

The company has also raised more than £10,000 pounds through a fundraising drive.

“The team in Poland hired a van and filled it with supplies including nappies, baby food, baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary products and snacks for children, and delivered it all directly to refugee camps,” added Dinsdale.

“After finding out that a shortage of accommodation and onward transportation was becoming a problem, they then hired a minibus and have personally transported over 40 people from 12 families from the camps to major cities – some days they were driving for 15 hours.”

Air Charter Service transports Ukrainian relief cargo

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]