Air Charter Service (ACS) has been busy arranging both passenger and cargo charter flights to help people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.
At least 1,300 people have died and 35,000 left homeless after the Caribbean nation, and ACS’s global offices have been busy arranging flights for aircraft including AN-12s and Boeing 767s to deliver aid to those in need.
ACS group commercial director, Justin Lancaster says the first flight was a passenger one carrying teams to assess the situation, coordinate humanitarian efforts and help distribute relief shipments.
He explains: “Since then we have also sent cargo aircraft, such as AN-12s and B767s, from Europe and the US carrying a variety of much needed aid equipment, including medicine, mosquito nets and tarpaulins, as well as jerry cans and buckets for clean water to help those that have no roof over their heads any more.”
Lancaster says ACS gained experience in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, arranging over 100 movements in and out of Port-au-Prince, and he comments: “It is awful that we find ourselves here again just six and a half years later, but hopefully our experience will help to ensure the smooth flow of relief into the country.”