More air cargo support for the Philippines
26 / 11 / 2013
TWELVE days after Typhoon Haiyan hit central Philippines, the air cargo industry has been ratcheting up its efforts to send humanitarian aid to the millions of people left without food, water or shelter.
The storm (on the 8 November), which had some of the strongest winds ever recorded on land, killed at least 3,974 people. More than 1,000 are missing and about 500,000 have been left homeless, according to reports.
Carriers, charter brokers, logistics service-providers and integrators continue to send supplies on behalf of NGOs and aid agencies, such as UNICEF, Oxfam, Save the Children and The Reina Sofia Foundation.
An IAG Cargo B747F has flown 120 tonnes of relief into Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the city’s now very congested air terminal.
Cargolux’s B747Fs have transported 17 tonnes, including toys. Lufthansa Cargo used one of its MD-11Fs with some 55 tonnes.
Meanwhile, Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ IL-76TD-90VD freighter has landed in Lapu-Lapu Airport with goods, including mobile camps for relief workers.
Finnair Cargo, together with its partner Nordic Global Airlines, has flown in 87 tonnes, including pumps and generators, on an MD-11F from Helsinki.
Chapman Freeborn has delivered more than 2000 tonnes of supplies such as tents, water purifiers, medicines and medical equipment using An-12s, A300s, IL-76s, B747s and B777Fs.
Air Charter Service chartered an An-12 to deliver 10 tonnes of goods to the city of Tacloban, one of the worst affected areas.
Air Partner has charted an An-124 to transport 85 tonnes of ground handling equipment, including pallets, tugs, main deck loader, plus forklift and Hilux vehicles.
Jan de Rijk Logistics and Saints Transport have provided free road services for both UNICEF and Oxfam respectively.
Integrator DHL has also deployed a disaster response team, which has prepared a temporary warehouse at the Mactan Cebu for handling the influx of cargo.