Air Austral operates a direct humanitarian cargo flight from Reunion Island to Kigali

Air Austral today operated a Boeing 777-300ER (F-OLRE) to deliver medical equipment that will be used to set up an emergency camp in Rwanda.

Many cities have been evacuated and the local population has undergone a huge loss,  one week after the spectacular eruption of Nyiragongo, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world located in the Republic of Congo.

The Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) was activated by the French Red Cross for the deployment of humanitarian aid to disaster-stricken victims.

This operation was carried out in partnership with the Reunion Island Red Cross and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Air Austral thus transported 45 tonnes of humanitarian cargo, including mainly  2,000 emergency shelter kits and 4,000 tarpaulins to set up the emergency camp. The aircraft then pursued its way to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Vincent Chappard

Vincent Chappard

Vincent is an aerospace editor and consultant based in Paris.