Vital UK aid reaches Nepal from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Nepal aid flight from Doncaster airport
Nepal aid flight from Doncaster airport
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An aid flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport has delivered crucial supplies to earthquake-hit Nepal.

Water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies were loaded in a Silkway commercial transport aircraft, including more than 1,900 5-litre jerrycans for use by Oxfam and heavy lifting machinery to move cargo quickly through Kathmandu airport.

Loading a Silkway aid flight at Doncaster airport

Loading a Silkway aid flight at Doncaster 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.”

It was one of three planes sent from the UK, including an RAF C-17, international development secretary Justine Greening announced.

She added: “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.”

Ready for take off loaded with water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies.

Ready for take off loaded with water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies.

The UK was playing a leading role in responding to the Nepal earthquake and is currently the largest donor to the relief operation, she added.

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

* £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

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 has a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft. This, coupled with the airport’s 2,893m runway, gives it the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight up to and including the Antonov-225, the world’s largest plane.

Between October and December, the airport has seen seven B747-400s operate from the Cargo Terminal, and almost 500 tonnes of freight distributed this year.