Aid headed to Philippines following devastating Typhoon Haiyan
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering’s international offices are currently involved in the effort to deliver humanitarian supplies to thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The global aircraft charter specialist is currently overseeing the delivery of hundreds of tons of aid cargo from the US, Europe and the Middle East on behalf of worldwide aid agencies.
Operations are underway to fly humanitarian cargo to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) and Manila International Airport (MNL) on chartered aircraft including AN-12, B777 and B747 freighters.
As one of the strongest storms ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan is feared to have claimed at least 10,000 lives in coastal areas and thousands more have been left affected by large-scale devastation.
A huge international relief effort is now under way with immediate requirements for food, temporary shelter and medical supplies.
Chapman Freeborn’s flight operations division Wings 24 Ltd advises that Mactan-Cebu International Airport is currently experiencing high demand as the main airport in the region that can handle larger aircraft. Smaller regional airports have now re-opened but communication difficulties and operational challenges remain.
Photo: Chapman Freeborn’s Belgium team chartered two Antonov AN-12 aircraft to fly aid from Ostend to the Philippines.
Here is a clip of the aircraft being loaded with a comment from Chris Vadenplas – Chapman Freeborn’s Country Manager for Belgium.