Kerala floods: Five airlines offer to fly aid for victims

      Published on Tuesday, 28 August , 2018      75 Views     
Kerala floods: Five airlines offer to fly aid for victims


Five airlines that fly to the flooded Indian province Kerala have said they will deliver relief goods for free to the affected areas.

Three of the airlines are from India; Air India, Jet Airways and Air Vistara, and two from the Middle East; Qatar Airways and Emirates SkyCargo.



“Jet Airways, India’s full service, premier international airline, has waived off air freight charges on all domestic cargo shipments of relief material to Kerala,” Jet Airways said in a press release.

The airline will work with several NGOs to deliver relief goods to Kerala.

Vistara, another domestic airline, said it was also partnering with several NGOs to bring supplies, adding that it would fly doctors, nurses and other specialized people to the flooded areas too.

Qatar and Emirates

Qatar Airways said earlier this week it would deliver 50 tonnes of goods to Kerala after pleas from relatives living in Qatar.

“We have received earnest requests from the Indian community residing in Qatar seeking support to transport relief aid to Southern Kerala, where many of their families and relatives are affected by the worst flood in a century,” Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said according to The Peninsula.

“Given the devastating situation, we have rapidly activated a humanitarian operation to offer free transportation of relief goods from Doha to Trivandrum on our daily passenger flight,” he added. 

In an official statement, Emirates said it would bring over 175 tonnes of goods to Kerala.



“The goods, including lifesaving boats, blankets and dry food items, will be handed over to the local flood relief and aid organisations for distribution,” the statement said.

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Category World | 2018/08/28 latest update at 10:00 AM
Source : Al Jazeera | Photocredit : Google
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