More than a month after the Beirut explosions, Emirates continues to do its part to help turn its customers’ collective generosity from all corners of the globe into essential humanitarian cargo to support recovery efforts on the ground and help those affected rebuild their lives.
Contributions in cash or Skywards Miles continue to pour in from Emirates customers, 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 through the Emirates Airline Foundation portal as well as through the Emirates website. 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 overwhelming generosity and commitment to Beirut disaster relief efforts through individual contributions of close to 250,000 Miles each.
Over 120 million Miles have been donated so far by Emirates Skywards members. The airline said it 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 offering a 20 percent 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.
Another six consignments have been planned to fly medical necessities, non-perishable food, clothing, personal protective equipment, hygiene products and veterinary supplies to Beirut over the course of the next few weeks.
Through the Emirates Airline Foundation, the airline supports over 30 humanitarian and philanthropic projects in 18 countries, including four countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Emirates has been flying to Lebanon for almost 30 years and currently serves Beirut with two daily flights.
To find out more, visit http://www.emirates.com/standwithlebanon