Emirates Launches Humanitarian Airbridge to Pakistan for Flood-Relief Aid

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Emirates SkyCargo has established an airbridge between Dubai and Pakistan to offer cargo capacity without charge on passenger flights to transport relief aid to people dealing with the damage caused by the devastating floods. The cargo capacity on all Emirate’s passenger flights to Pakistan will be available to organizations based at the world’s largest humanitarian hub, International Humanitarian City (IHC), to transport critical equipment and supplies, food, and other emergency relief goods directly to the five airports – Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Sialkot.

“Emirates is deeply connected and committed to Pakistan. From our very first flight in 1985 to Karachi until today, we’ve steadily grown the mutually beneficial air links that facilitate business, tourism and trade between the UAE and Pakistan. HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, have directed urgent aid to Pakistan, mobilizing people and businesses across the UAE and Emirates is ready to play our part” said, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive.

Emirates currently operates 53 scheduled passenger flights per week to Pakistan as recent heavy rainfall has caused catastrophic flash flooding across the country, tragically leaving over 1,100 people dead and millions homeless in the aftermath.

Emirates Pakistan Airbridge for Flood-Relief Aid

His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Supervision of IHC, said, “Times of crisis are a true test of spirit, and once again, we are working with Emirates to respond to a devastating humanitarian crisis; this time in Pakistan, where floods have caused unimaginable losses and damages. We are grateful for the long-standing support of Emirates to the IHC community and its honorable commitment to alleviate the suffering of the victims of these extraordinary floods. Together, we are proud to deliver this vital support to the people of Pakistan.”

As one of the world leaders in air transport, Emirates is no stranger to facilitating humanitarian logistics. In May 2021, Emirates SkyCargo flew relief materials without charge from Dubai to India over three weeks to support the Indian community in managing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, after the Port of Beirut explosions in August 2020, Emirates SkyCargo ramped up its freighter operations to Lebanon by dedicating over 50 flights to deliver critical emergency relief and aid to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the blasts.


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