Volga-Dnepr Group has delivered over 110 tonnes of essential cargo to Porte-au-Prince following the devastating earthquake in Haiti which hit the county on August 14.
The Group was able to adapt its fleet of versatile freighters and organize two charter flights – aboard An-124-100 and Il-76TD-90VD – to deliver relief cargo which included tents, water purifiers, mobile kitchens and general cargo will help the national population to overcome the difficult times and stay healthy.
Pauli Immonen, deputy director healthcare and humanitarian, highlights: “In times of emergency, there is no time to waste – this is the rule of thumb we follow when we get humanitarian requests. Thanks to aligned and long-standing relations with freight forwarders, brokers, NGOs, humanitarian agencies, airport authorities and other stakeholders we guarantee a fast and seamless response and organize life-saving air transport to almost any region or country of the world.”
The first two flights from Madrid and Liege Airport had cargo from several United Nations agencies, national and International Red Crosses and many international non-governmental organisations supported by several European governments. The Group keeps on working with the partners to transport other essential cargo to Haiti and plans on operating more flights to the region in need.
The Group’s emergency aid and relief operations date back to the 1990s when it started organising its charter flights with relief cargo aboard to help population in needs to overcome the consequences of natural and man-made disasters.