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Airbus Foundation, Airlink, IFRC Appeal to Airlines for Help During Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WW2

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At IATA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Airbus Foundation, together with its long-standing partners the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and emergency flight coordinators, Airlink, urged airlines to join them providing critical relief to the suffering around the world during what the IFRC describes as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War 2.

During 2015 alone, the IFRC reported handling 33 major emergency operations, 122 small to medium emergency operations, and 450 emergency ‘events.’

Aviation Industry Veteran Aims to Bring Essential Supplies to Refugees in Kos

  • 4 min read

FURTHER UPDATE: It’s always good to have a happy ending restore your faith in humanity, and this story certainly does. Nikos Loukas has announced a pledge by Monarch Airlines to fly eleven pallets of supplies gathered to the island of Kos to help refugees.

MONARCH AIRLINES HAS OFFERED TO SEND ALL DONATIONS FROM THE UK TO KOS ON THE 7TH OCTOBER FOR FREE. THAT MEANS THAT A TOTAL OF 11 PALLETS OF ITEMS INCLUDING FOOD, CLOTHING, WATER AND SLEEPING BAGS WILL BE DELIVERED TO KOS KINDNESS CHARITY!!!–Nikos Loukas, Inflight Feed

UPDATE: Sadly, lacking sufficient support, Nikos Loukas has decided to abandon his plans to bring supplies for refugees to Kos. It must be noted that before making this difficult decision, Loukas did receive a commitment of 1,000 sleeping bags from British Airways and children’s kits from KLM. Their offers of support, along with the other commitments made previously, show the best of aviation. The sad conclusion, however, reflects the challenges of managing the refugee crisis in Europe. We can only hope for better days for all those affected. 

Aviation industry veteran, and founder of inflight-service review site InflightFeed, Nikos Loukas, aims to bring necessary aide to refugees on the Greek Island of Kos.

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