More than a month after the devastating Beirut blasts, Emirates SkyCargo continues its Beirut relief efforts helping to transport more than 160,000 kilograms of vital aid and supplies to date.
Since 13 August, Emirates has carried essential humanitarian cargo of medical supplies and food on several missions to Beirut, working with local and international NGOs that provide relief to impacted communities.
More missions are in the pipeline, with another six consignments planned to fly medical necessities, non-perishable food, clothing, PPE, hygiene products, and veterinary supplies to Beirut over the course of the next few weeks.
The relief effort is the result of what Emirates says is the “overwhelming collective generosity” of its customers from all corners of the globe to support recovery efforts on the ground and help those affected rebuild their lives.
Emirates says contributions are continuing to pour in from customers around the world as cash or Skywards Miles, bolstering Emirates SkyCargo’s ability to scale up resources and provide vital airlift to Lebanon.
Over 12,000 donations from 140 countries have come in as cash or Skywards Miles. Countries that accounted for a significant portion of the donations included the UK, India, Australia, Germany, US, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, and South Africa.
In addition, a number of Emirates Skywards members demonstrated their generosity and commitment to Beirut disaster relief efforts through individual contributions of close to 250,000 Miles each. In total, over 120 million Miles have been donated so far by Emirates Skywards members. The airline will be dedicating donations to Beirut relief over the course of the next two months.
The donations have provided cargo capacity for humanitarian organisations to effectively transport medical equipment and supplies, food, and other emergency relief goods directly to Beirut through Emirates SkyCargo. Additionally, Emirates SkyCargo is contributing further by providing a 20 per cent reduction on air freight transportation charges for approved shipments.
Emirates has been flying to Lebanon for almost 30 years and currently serves Beirut with two daily flights.