Qatar Airways, Airlink partner over free aid uplift

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Qatar Airways and international aid organisation Airlink, sign a partnership for the uplift of 200 tonnes of aid free-of-charge over the next two years.

The agreement will benefit Airlink’s nonprofit partners providing assistance to communities impacted by disasters and other humanitarian crises around the world.

“We are delighted to announce this new partnership between Airlink and Qatar Airways,” says Steven J. Smith, Airlink president and CEO. “The 200 tonnes of freight space is a generous donation that will help fragile communities now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and in future disasters. It greatly extends our reach and that of our nonprofit partners for years to come.”

Under the new agreement, Airlink, its non-profit partner AFYA Foundation, and Qatar Airways conducted their first project transporting over 29 tonnes of soap to Botswana during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The shipment of soap, crucial for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 through hand washing, was donated to a local organisation based in Gaborone, Botswana, in order to provide basic, but vital assistance.

According to UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, three billion people around the world do not have access to handwashing facilities with water and soap at home.

“As the largest airfreight carrier in the world, we are proud to do our part as a global corporate citizen to support the important and essential work of nonprofit organisations like Airlink,” says Guillaume Halleux, chief officer of cargo at Qatar Airways.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how essential air freight is to responding to crises and we are pleased to support the work of governments and NGOs around the globe, transporting essential supplies to places where they are needed. We look forward to working with Airlink and expand this work, providing a helping hand and relief to communities around the world.”

Both Airlink and Qatar Airways have successfully worked together previously, including in April 2019, as communities in Mozambique and neighbouring countries sought to recover from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai. Qatar Airways provided lift of 8.6 tonnes of aid was dispatched to fragile communities working in conjunction with Airlink’s partner nonprofits Save the Children and MedShare. The aid delivered included hygiene kits for women and girls along with medical supplies.

Airlink is a nonprofit organisation working with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies for reputable non-governmental organisations (NGOs) responding to rapid-onset disasters and other humanitarian crises around the globe.

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