While several countries around the world have suffered as a result of natural disasters in 2011, these crises have led to a surge in demand for air charter services. Chapman Freeborn, the global aircraft charter company, said yesterday that it had seen a 50% year-on-year rise in calls volume in the first quarter of 2011.
“In the month of March alone, we have flown over 20,000 passengers to safety,” said Mark Middleton, Director of Chapman Freeborn Singapore. “In recent weeks, Chapman Freeborn has completed over 100 evacuation flights in March Rapid response to crisis situations in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain and Japan… Often most lives are saved in the immediate hours following a disaster,” he added.
Charter flights are undertaken on behalf of multinational corporations, governments and international aid agency clients.
“When such crises emerge, most calls for our service to drop aid cargos, deliver search and rescue team, evacuate civilians, and even government officials from troubled spots,” Middleton explained.