Cargolux has provided free of charge (FOC) transport for medical relief material destined for personnel in Beirut, Lebanon, following the explosion that hit the city earlier in August.

    The shipment, organised in cooperation with Fedex, was flown from Memphis to Luxembourg on Sunday 23 August and boarded a Cargolux freighter bound for the Middle East on Monday 24 August. The flight carried a total of 62 tons of emergency supplies to the Lebanese capital.

    Cargolux president and CEO Richard Forson, said : “It was important for Cargolux to support this relief shipment and assist the people of Beirut in the aftermath of this terrible explosion. As a recognised leader in the transport of medical and pharmaceutical goods, we are proud to leverage this expertise to help those affected by this tragedy”.

    The company is committed to playing its part in providing solutions for swift and seamless medical and relief transport. In addition to offering customers a dedicated product, CV pharma; Cargolux was also the first airline to achieve GDP certification in 2014.

    In a similar move, Emirates SkyCargo has also planned to ramp up its freighter operations to Lebanon by dedicating over 50 flights to deliver much needed airlift to the country.

    Emirates is providing people around the world the opportunity to donate cash or pledge their Skywards Miles, through a dedicated, secure and convenient portal via the Emirates Airline Foundation.

    For the next three months of donations, the Emirates Airline Foundation will in turn directly coordinate shipments of urgent food, medical supplies and other much needed items with a range of NGO partners to ensure donations directly help those affected on the ground. Work is underway to mobilise recognised humanitarian partners.

    For every donation, cargo capacity will be provided for humanitarian organisations to transport critical medical equipment and supplies, food and other emergency relief goods directly to Beirut through Emirates SkyCargo. Additionally, Emirates SkyCargo will further contribute by providing a 20 per cent reduction on air freight transportation charges for approved shipments, underscoring its commitment to expedite emergency relief efforts to Beirut.