From Leipzig / Halle, the airline Volga-Dnepr carried out two more aid flights with Antonov An-124 in the direction of Windhoek last week. Among other things, masks and ventilators were on board.
In total, the aid delivery consists of more than 600 pallets. The An-124 was loaded by PortGround, a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG specializing in aircraft and cargo handling. The client is the European Office for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
At the beginning of 2021, the Volga Dnepr Group and the airport signed a letter of intent to strengthen the humanitarian hub in Leipzig / Halle. "These relief flights not only show our commitment in the humanitarian field, they are also a logical step for the further development of a long-term strategic cooperation between Leipzig / Halle Airport and the Volga-Dnepr Group," says Yulia Celetaria, Global Healthcare Director of Volga Dnepr Group. “The flights to Namibia, which we organized in cooperation with Maersk, are important steps on this path. They took place the same week that we transported fire fighting equipment to Greece and machines for the production of vaccines to India and represent our willingness to support the aid and rescue sector ”.
In addition to regular passenger and freight traffic, Leipzig / Halle Airport serves as a transshipment point for medical aid supplies and protective equipment. In the first half of 2021 - in addition to regular traffic - around 70 cargo charter flights were already processed, which carried millions of corona tests and protective equipment.
The EU and the member states are setting up logistics centers in order to be able to guarantee supplies to the population even in crisis situations. In addition to the procurement, storage and maintenance of protective equipment, if necessary, the logistical distribution is also organized via these logistics centers.