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AIR CHARTER SERVICE BEATS WAR AND WEATHER TO CHARTER AIRCRAFT INTO MOGADISHU

18 August 2011

Air Charter Service has successfully chartered for clients transporting much needed aid into the infamously war-torn Somali capital Mogadishu, despite heavy rain hindering relief efforts across the Horn of Africa.

Since 1991 the civil war in Somalia has greatly hindered logistical operations into the country, but ACS has once again created charter solutions that allow clients to get aid to the region.

Regardless of the recent weather, Somalia and the surrounding area is still suffering from one of the worst drought induced famines Africa has ever seen. The weather has only further compounded the desperate plight of the Somali people; the downpours destroying temporary shelters and threatening to jeopardize humanitarian efforts. These latest meteorological events make ACS’s aid charters even more vital as supplies become increasingly scarce.

As of last week ACS has chartered aid into the country from Europe and Africa on a combination of DC9-30Fs and AN12s. The most recent flights have been carrying crucial food supplies; previous charters have carried tents and medical aid into surrounding areas including Nairobi. More charters have been scheduled for the rest of the week.

Justin Lancaster, ACS Cargo Sales Director Worldwide commented, ‘With so many factors working against the people suffering from this devastating famine, we acknowledge how critical it is to be getting aid to the places it is needed most. Our services are essential to the relief effort; no scheduled service can get aid in as quickly as we can, nor can our reaction time be bettered - we can have a plane in the air within the hour.’

He went on to add, ‘We are proud to have the chance to work with so many relief agencies across the world who strive to make a difference to those who are suffering. Any organisation looking to get aid into the Horn of Africa need look no further than ACS.’

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