Virgin Atlantic is flying much-needed aid along with key medical personnel, aid agency workers and rescue teams to Haiti in the wake of that country’s devastating earthquake. The aid has been flown out on a number of Virgin Atlantic flights to Miami, Orlando and Jamaica. From there the various agencies arrange for the essential supplies to be transferred to Haiti. The airline has already committed to flying a minimum of 55 tons of cargo.
Hundreds of ShelterBoxes have already been flown into the region, which contain a disaster relief tent for up to ten people, a stove, blankets and other items essential for survival. These boxes have been distributed to local aid agencies that deliver emergency shelter to those in greatest need.
Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented on his blog: “We will fly in as much aid as possible so that the agencies on the ground can respond to the needs of everyone in Haiti whose lives have been devastated by this tragedy.”