An RAF C-17 aircraft and 2 commercial transport aircraft have arrived in Nepal delivering crucial water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.
One of flights was loaded and operated from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said:
We are delighted to be a part of the UK’s efforts in responding to the Nepal earthquake.
It is great that we can fly the flag for Yorkshire and get vital aid to those who desperately need it in Nepal.
The flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport took more than 1,900 5-litre water purification jerrycans for use by Oxfam and heavy lifting machinery to help cargo move quickly through Kathmandu airport.
Justine Greening said:
These latest aid flights have delivered much-needed shelter and water treatment equipment into Kathmandu. These are vital to stop disease from spreading and to prevent an even bigger health crisis from emerging.
The arrival of our specialist heavy lifting equipment will allow Kathmandu airport to unload aid cargo much more quickly and speed up the delivery of aid supplies across Nepal.
The UK is playing a leading role in responding to the Nepal earthquake and is currently the largest donor to the relief operation. The UK’s humanitarian response now stands at more than £23 million and includes:
- £5.3 million for UN agencies in Nepal to coordinate the international relief effort and provide clean water and shelter for affected families;
- £3 million released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) to six charities and NGOs already working on the ground: Save the Children, Mercy Corps Scotland, Care International UK, ActionAid, Oxfam and Handicap International;
- £2 million for the British Red Cross;
- £5 million to match public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal which will support NGOs on the ground;
- a £5 million package to provide a further team of 30 trauma medics, logistical support and equipment to ease congestion at Kathmandu Airport and humanitarian experts in water, health and sanitation. DFID has also deployed a team of more than 60 UK International Search and Rescue responders and specialist rescue dogs;
- £2.5 million for the UN Humanitarian Air Service to enable organisations already on the ground to deliver aid to isolated areas. On top of this, DFID is deploying three RAF Chinook helicopters; and
- more than £300,000 for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to provide two Airbus 350 helicopters to get help to more remote regions.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Cargo Terminal consists of 12,000sqft of operational space and has a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft. This, coupled with the airport’s 2893m runway, gives them the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of the largest cargo aircraft, up to and including the Antonov-225.
Earlier this year Doncaster Sheffield Airport announced a 112 per cent increase in the amount of cargo it transports. The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the airport, show a second successive year of growth. The figures represent year on year from 2013 to 2014.
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairport.com