The Beirut Relief Flight organised by Captain Charles Pace of Transport Malta, Aviation Malta, Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation departed from Malta International Airport on the 25th of September at 12:00 hours.
Following the explosion on August the 4th, in the densely populated city of more than 2 million people, about 300,000 were immediately displaced. Families have been forced to seek temporary shelter with relatives and friends or in schools or other civic buildings. According to local assessments, as many as 500,000 people may need assistance with immediate needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
This initiative received astounding support from the aviation industry and the private sector and the Maltese public have shown massive generosity towards the Lebanon people. In total, the Hi Fly Airbus A340-9H SUN carried just under 50 tonnes of cargo including drinking water, food packages, clothes and medical equipment.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of the Maltese public who have shown such solidarity with the people of Beirut and have not hesitated to help the Lebanese in their hour of need” says Cpt Charles Pace who has been instrumental in getting this initiative off the ground.
Charles Pace and the Aviation Malta team also extend huge thanks to Hi Fly, the Mirpuri Foundation and Enemed whom, without their plane and fuel, this mission would not have been possible.