Kerala floods: Five airlines offer to fly aid free of charge

Airlines are delivering lifeboats, food, water, and medicines to the areas affected by the floods in Kerala, India.

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The airlines providing support to the victims of Kerala floods, free of charge include national airlines Air India, Jet Airways and Air Vistara, and international airlines Qatar Airways and Emirates SkyCargo.

“Jet Airways, India’s full service, premier international airline, has waived off air freight charges on all domestic cargo shipments of relief material to Kerala,” Jet Airways said in a press release.

The airlines are working with several NGOs to ensure the delivery of relief goods such as lifeboats, food, water and medicines. Air Vistara is also flying doctors, nurses and other specialists to the flooded areas.

Qatar Airways announced earlier this week that it contribute to the relief effort by delivering 50 tonnes of goods to Kerala.

“We have received earnest requests from the Indian community residing in Qatar seeking support to transport relief aid to Southern Kerala, where many of their families and relatives are affected by the worst flood in a century,” Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said according to The Peninsula.

“Given the devastating situation, we have rapidly activated a humanitarian operation to offer free transportation of relief goods from Doha to Trivandrum on our daily passenger flight,” he added.

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