More than a month after the Beirut blasts left behind devastated communities, contributions are continuing to pour in from Emirates customers around the world, bolstering Emirates SkyCargo’s ability to scale up resources and provide vital airlift to Lebanon.
Over 12,000 donations from 140 countries have come in as cash or Skywards Miles. Countries that accounted for a significant portion of the donations included the UK, India, Australia, Germany, United States, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan and South Africa.
In addition, a number of Emirates Skywards members demonstrated their commitment to Beirut disaster relief efforts through individual contributions of close to 250,000 Miles each.
In total, over 120 million Miles have been donated so far by Emirates Skywards members. The airline will be dedicating donations to Beirut relief over the course of the next two months.
The donations have provided cargo capacity for humanitarian organisations to effectively transport medical equipment and supplies, food and other emergency relief goods directly to Beirut through Emirates SkyCargo. Additionally, Emirates SkyCargo is contributing further by providing a 20% reduction on air freight transportation charges for approved shipments.
Since 13 August, Emirates SkyCargo has carried 160,000 kilograms of medical supplies and food on several missions to Beirut, working with local and international NGOs that provide relief to impacted communities.
More missions are in the pipeline, with another six consignments planned to fly medical necessities, non-perishable food, clothing, PPE, hygiene products and veterinary supplies to Beirut over the course of the next few weeks.
Emirates has been flying to Lebanon for almost 30 years and currently serves Beirut with two daily flights.