Emirates SkyCargo has set up an airbridge between Dubai and Pakistan, offering cargo capacity free of charge on flights to transport relief aid to people grappling with the devastating floods.
More than 1,300 people including 458 children have lost their lives in the disastrous floods since mid-June in Pakistan.
The free cargo capacity on all Emirates’ passenger flights to Pakistan will be available to organisations based at the world’s largest humanitarian hub, International Humanitarian City (IHC). It will facilitate in transporting critical equipment and supplies, food and other emergency relief goods directly to the five airports – Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Sialkot.
Emirates operates 53 scheduled passenger flights per week to Pakistan.
“Emirates is deeply connected and committed to Pakistan. From our very first flight in 1985 to Karachi until today, we’ve steadily grown the mutually beneficial air links that facilitate business, tourism and trade between the UAE and Pakistan” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive.
He said that UAE President Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan and UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum have directed urgent aid to Pakistan, mobilising people and businesses across the UAE, and Emirates is ready to play our part.
“Times of crisis are a true test of spirit and once again, we are working with Emirates to respond to a devastating humanitarian crisis, this time in Pakistan, where floods have caused unimaginable losses and damages. We are grateful for the long-standing support of Emirates to the IHC community and its honourable commitment to alleviate the suffering of the victims of these extraordinary floods. Together, we are proud to deliver this vital support to the people of Pakistan” said Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Supervision of IHC.
Any of the humanitarian organisations at IHC wishing to utilise the free cargo capacity to transport humanitarian relief from Dubai to Pakistan may contact Emirates SkyCargo’s centralized crisis relief desk on:
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