Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has arranged the first civilian cargo flight into Aden since the troubles in the country started almost 5 months ago.
Justin Bowman, CEO at ACS, commented: “Every family in Yemen has been affected by the ongoing crisis in the country. Nearly 4,000 people have been killed and 1.3 million forced to flee their homes since the conflict began. Civilian cargo flights carrying much needed humanitarian aid have not been allowed into Aden for months, but we arranged for an IL-76 aircraft to fly there last Thursday, on behalf of a GCC country’s government. We believe that this is the first civilian cargo flight to land here since the start of the conflict.
“The aircraft was carrying 35 tons of aid, consisting of food stuffs and medical supplies, along with six diplomats. More than fifty hospitals and health facilities have been destroyed since the beginning of the troubles and people are in desperate need of more than just what we have delivered. Hopefully this will be the first of many to follow into Aden.”
Aden is the temporary capital city of the country, following the Houthi’s takeover of Sana’a in March of this year. Bowman added: “We have already performed more than 20 flights into Sana’a for various Red Cross organisations, charities and governments, with the first direct flight from the UAE into the country being operated two weeks ago by us. Before a relaxation by the Emirati government and CAA, all flights to and from Yemen had to make a technical stop in Djibouti.”
The country’s third airport, Al Hudaydah, in the west of the country, remains non-operational at the moment.