Over 700 evacuation flights were offered by Turkey’s national airline.
Airlines have been putting a lot of effort into aiding those impacted by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated western Syria, southern and central Turkey, and southern Turkey on February 6th. Turkish Airlines has officially disclosed that after the catastrophe, it had evacuated 125,957 individuals by the end of today.
We mentioned earlier this week that Pegasus Airlines has been running relief flights to help in the earthquake-affected areas. Between February 6 and February 8, the Turkish airline had run 86 passenger flights in the commercial sector and 22 flights for humanitarian relief.
Additionally, flights transporting aid to southern Turkey had been dispatched by Lufthansa and Emirates. Over the following few weeks, the pair intends to keep up this activities.
The national airline of Turkey, Turkish Airlines, was among the first to arrive and offer assistance. On February 6th, the operator rerouted a number of its business units and diverted 80 planes to support rescue efforts. There were 15,000 volunteers aboard these aircraft.
Updates on Turkish Airlines’ evacuation attempts have been provided today. 150 evacuation flights transporting more than 26,000 passengers are scheduled for today alone, according to Yahya Üstün, senior vice president of media relations for the carrier.
The following was tweeted by the executive in translated Turkish:
“With the 150 evacuation flights we have scheduled for today, 26,699 persons will be transported. From February 6, when the evacuation operation began, through the end of the day, we will have evacuated 125,957 people using a total of 709 flights.
There were 132 flights, with 171 in Adana, 74 in Adyaman, 90 in Diyarbakr, 67 in Elâz, 70 in Anlurfa, 43 in Kahramanmaraş, and 53 in Malatya. Turkish Airlines has also warned its users about false updates purporting to be from the airline. People are being urged to only rely on the information supplied through its official channels.
Help is needed
The global aviation sector is making an effort to contribute in some little way. Delta Air Lines, for instance, announced that it is contributing $100,000 to the relief operations. Boeing, an American company, then declared that it will donate $50000 to the cause.
Drones have been sent to support rescue and relief efforts all across the world by companies like India’s Garuda Aerospace.
Following the earthquake, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed deaths. The sum from the Fukushima tragedy in Japan in March 2011 has been eclipsed by this horrifying number. Any assistance will therefore be greatly appreciated during this difficult time.