Aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has chartered aircraft to fly a total of almost 500 tonnes of humanitarian aid, as well as almost 100 doctors, into disaster-struck Mozambique, so far.
Just over two weeks ago, Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving at least 700 people dead and three million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Air Charter Service has worked since then in conjunction with various aid agencies and governments, flying in a variety of cargo, including cholera vaccines, water treatments, mosquito nets and tarpaulins.
Dan Morgan-Evans, group director of Cargo at ACS, says: “We even had one flight that was transporting an entire field hospital to the region, including X-ray machines and 4×4 vehicles.
?In total so far we have chartered aircraft for just over 480 tonnes of equipment, on a variety of aircraft, ranging from Antonov 12s and Ilyushin 76s, to Boeing 747-400s and Boeing 777s, with more to come in the next few days.
“Our offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa have all been involved in the relief effort. As well as the huge amount of cargo, we also had a Boeing 737 transporting 80 doctors to Beira in Mozambique over the weekend,” Morgan-Evans adds.