Aviation industry steps up to help Turkey-Syria earthquake relief efforts

IATA has highlighted the important contributions from the aviation industry following the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.


Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general. Image: IATA

“This tragedy has deeply moved us and the world. On behalf of IATA member airlines, we express our deep sorrow to the people of Turkey and Syria. Our thoughts are with all those who are impacted by this horrific event. We salute the heroic efforts of the rescue workers who have saved many people and continue to search for and look after survivors. Aviation is playing a major role in supporting these efforts and in delivering the humanitarian aid that will be critical in sustaining people through the recovery,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general.

“In addition to the tremendous endeavors being undertaken by our members in the affected regions—namely Corendon Airlines, Freebird Airlines, MNG Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, SyrianAir and Turkish Airlines—airlines globally are making individual efforts to transport equipment, aid, and specialist personnel to the affected areas.”

Some of the airlines involved include: El Al, Emirates, FedEx, FlyBaghdad, KamAir, Middle East Airlines – Air Liban, Qatar Airways Cargo and Saudia Cargo.

“Africa’s Airlink provides a good example of how the aviation sector is responding to the crisis,” added Walsh. “A non-profit organization specialised in crisis response and logistics, Airlink coordinates donated airline resources and NGO needs in times of crisis. Working with a growing list of some 19 airlines, Airlink is supporting the work of nearly 50 NGOs active in the crisis and already has a pipeline nearing 450,000 kg of humanitarian cargo that it is aiming to transport to the affected areas.”