Air Charter Service (ACS) has been coordinating flights to send aid to Libya following storm Daniel. Already, the aircraft charter specialist has organised the delivery of over 500 tonnes of aid to the country, with more to follow in the coming days.
The storm caused catastrophic floods, leading to more than 11,000 losing their lives and thousands more displaced due to the extensive damage caused. Ben Dinsdale, director for government and humanitarian services at ACS, said: “At the weekend we had our first flights to Libya, into Benghazi, Al Abraq and Tobruk airports, with several more booked over the coming days – they mostly are carrying aid including shelter equipment, such as tarpaulins, tents and sleeping bags, as well as water purification tablets.
“Our European and Middle East offices have been the busiest in arranging these charters and so far we have used a variety of aircraft, including Boeing 747, Airbus A300 and Ilyushin IL-76. We are still receiving requests now, but the rate at which they are coming in has slowed down.”