AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Liege Airport to the Rescue of India!
This Saturday, May 22, an AirBridgeCargo (ABC) plane took off from Liege Airport with humanitarian cargo to India. Faced with the Covid-19 epidemic, Indian hospitals are lacking oxygen for their patients. The airport and its partners play a major role in humanitarian flights.
Liege Airport has a long tradition in humanitarian flights. In 2010, it was at the center of international aid deployed following the earthquake in Haiti. It was then commissioned by USAID to become the primary transit point against Ebola in West Africa. It was also the airport through which much of the humanitarian aid has passed following natural disasters in Turkey in 1999, Thailand in 2004, and the Philippines in 2013.
“We have the experience to manage urgent requests from NGOs and United Nations Agencies in terms of logistics flows and thus allow them a quick and efficient intervention”, explains Muriel Baugnée, coordinator of the Health and Humanitarian Center at Liege Airport.
AirBridgeCargo’s Boeing 747-400ERF took off early on Saturday for Indira Gandhi International Airport to bring oxygen purification systems to Indian hospitals. The urgent delivery was organized in close cooperation with ABC’s long-standing partner, Chapman Freeborn, The global aircraft charter specialists.
Yulia Celetaria, Global Healthcare Director of Volga-Dnepr Group (consisting of three airlines – AirBridgeCargo, Volga-Dnepr and ATRAN), highlighted: ‘With 30+ years of experience in humanitarian sector, Volga-Dnepr is proud to collaborate with like-minded partners, like Liege Airport, who share the same values, especially when it comes to healthcare. During the last month our freighters operated a number of dedicated charter flights to India with vital medical supplies to help the nation suffering another COVID-19 resurgence and oxygen crisis. On top of that, we have also delivered vaccines which will enable India to continue its vaccination programme and reach herd immunity’.
Liege Airport thus confirms its major role for long term as a “health” airport in the Covid-19 crisis (transport of several hundred million masks, respirators, protection kits, vaccines, etc.).
About LIEGE AIRPORT :
Liege Airport, Belgium’s biggest Cargo airport, is the most specialized cargo platform in the heart of the Amsterdam-Paris-Frankfurt golden triangle. Having a product-driven development strategy it positions itself as the easy in & out cargo hub for Central Europe. Specialized in express freight, e-commerce, pharmaceutical and perishables products, as well as in live animals, each specific procedure guarantees the fastest throughput time on the market. Liege Airport, the Flexport® is less than one day by truck from the largest European cities, thus reaching around 400 million consumers. Besides offering an uncongested 24/7 operational airport it also offers the advantage of an excellent, uncongested motorway network.
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About AirBridgeCargo Airlines
ABC is one of the world’s fastest growing global cargo airlines, and its expanding route network connects customers in the largest trans-regional markets of South-East Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, covering more than 30 major cargo gateways and accommodating trade flows worldwide. All the flights are operated via ABC’s cargo hub in Moscow Sheremetyevo airport, featuring up-to-date equipment and guaranteeing seamless connection throughout the airline’s expanded international network within a 48-hour delivery time, including handling, all managed by highly skilled and qualified ground handling personnel. ABC’s fleet of 18 Boeing 747 freighters is one of the youngest and most modern in the airline industry.