Air cargo sector aids Haiti earthquake relief efforts

By Damian Brett

Source: Air Charter Service

FedEx and charter broker Air Charter Service have helped move aid into Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck on August 11 leaving more than 2,000 dead, 12,000 injured and destroying more than 52,000 homes.

As part of relief efforts, FedEx yesterday transported 79 tons of critical medical supplies for Direct Relief via a dedicated charter flight.

The aircraft was loaded in Memphis with $8m worth of prescription medications, IV solutions, emergency medical backpacks, and other supplies.

The cargo jet landed in Port-au-Prince shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time, where Direct Relief has teams on the ground.

Another dedicated charter flight will depart Memphis today bound for Haiti, this time carrying an emergency field response hospital for International Medical Corps.

In addition to these charter flights, FedEx is also working with other relief agencies, including World Central Kitchen and Water Mission to help provide hot meals, clean drinking water, and other necessary supplies to those in Haiti affected by this natural disaster.

Earlier in the week, Air Charter Service (ACS) chartered a Boeing B787-9 to transport 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid donated by the British government for those affected by the devastating earthquake. 

James Cristofoli, London cargo director at ACS, said: “It was just over a week ago that the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office then contacted us to arrange the shipment – the cargo includes shelter kits and solar powered lanterns for up to 1,300 families, and we expect to see more such support to follow over the next week or so. Our US offices have already arranged several additional charters with relief in support of the operation.”

The charter, operated by IAG cargo, flew from London’s Heathrow Airport on August 24 to Port-au-Prince.

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