1. How has the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight to Sudan been put together?
The EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights are helping the delivery of medical equipment needed for the coronavirus response, sustain the flow of humanitarian supplies and facilitate the movement of humanitarian staff to and from the most vulnerable countries – all this in a context where no other commercial flights are foreseen in the near future. The flights contribute to fill in these needs, in a manner that complements the UN system.
The EU Humanitarian Air Bridge operations were launched on 08 May 2020, with a first flight to the Central African Republic.
The flights to Sudan are being conducted in cooperation with Sweden and France, and in coordination with the authorities in Sudan. The flights are also facilitated by the Humanitarian Logistics Network.
2. What does the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge Flight to Sudan consist of?
The EU Humanitarian Air Bridge operation to Sudan consists of two flights:
In total, more than 40 humanitarian workers from 9 aid organisations and around 93 tonnes of humanitarian cargo and supplies to support the coronavirus response will be flown in to Sudan on board these two flights. So far, it is the biggest operation of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge in terms of the total number of humanitarian workers and cargo taken together.
3. What will the return flights be used for?
The main objective in the setting up of the Humanitarian Air Bridge is help aid reach the people in need and support humanitarian aid workers in their efforts to help vulnerable people.
However, in order to make best use of resources, the return legs of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights are used to fly back humanitarian workers whose project rotation has ended and also to assist in passenger repatriation flights organised by EU Member States.
4. What type of humanitarian cargo is being carried on board the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge?
The cargo on board the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge is to be used to support humanitarian aid projects in Sudan and the coronavirus response, complementing efforts by the Ministry of Health in Sudan and the World Health Organization (WHO), and in line with the country’s COVID-19 Response Plan. These supplies consist of medical equipment, medicines and personal protective equipment. Around 2 tonnes of this protective equipment are sent by the Swedish Red Cross to the Sudan Red Crescent, under a transfer generated by Sweden as the lead EU Member State in this operation.
The EU Humanitarian Air Bridge facility funds 100% of the transport costs. The cargo and supplies that are transported are provided by the users of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge operations.
5. To which other countries will the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge conduct flights?
So far, over 20 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights have been operated globally since the launch of the operation. The decision to deploy EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights is driven by needs on the ground, in consultation with Member States and humanitarian/development aid partners to identify the most critical gaps, and in cooperation with the recipient countries. Preparations are underway for future flights, with a primary focus on Africa but also other regions, including Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.