SkyCargo diverts jets to aid stricken Sri Lanka
Emirates SkyCargo has begun shifting supplies to provide relief for people made homeless by the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka.
Operating in conjunction with the UN High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR), one of the carrier's B747-400 freighters landed at Bandaranaike International Airpor yesterday, laden with 119 tonnes of tents. The flight was the first aircraft to deliver relief supplies to the country after the spike in fighting in recent days.
A second freighter, SkyCargo's new 777F, is scheduled to arrive today.
“Emirates is happy it was able to divert two dedicated freighter aircraft within 24 hours to serve the needs of the UNHCR," said Chandana de Silva, Emirates area manager Sri Lanka and Maldives.
"Emirates has served Sri Lanka for 23 years, and we are fully committed to support the country in whatever way possible,” de Silva continued, adding that more flights are expected to arrive in the weeks ahead.