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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) organized the third edition of the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, which More than 5,000 aviation experts and leaders from more than 100 countries attended.

On the second day of the forum, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), called on the international community to establish a ‘Global Relief Aviation Council’. The new body, bringing together the aviation community, humanitarian agencies and governments, would facilitate and protect humanitarian aid delivered through air routes. As part of the proposal, H.E. Dr. Al Rabeeah stated that all programs must be protected by international humanitarian law.

The Global Aid Aviation Council would facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in three ways: by ensuring unrestricted access to airports, flight routes and refueling facilities for aircraft delivering aid; eliminating all duties and tariffs on aircraft carrying aid; and streamlining the coordination of aid delivery. Removing fees would reduce costs and help close the humanitarian funding gap.

HE Dr Al Rabeeah emphasized the vital role of civil aviation in delivering humanitarian aid during man-made conflicts and natural disasters:

“Civil aviation is crucial for the rapid transport of humanitarian personnel and the delivery of emergency supplies, such as food, water, medical supplies and shelter materials. A Global Aid Aviation Council, supported by the international community, would facilitate delivery “This aid would save lives and help those in need.”

KSrelief has leveraged aviation to deliver critical health supplies and aid to crisis zones. Its airlift programs have supported Gaza with 50 flights from Riyadh to Al Arish in Egypt, Sudan with more than 20 flights, and provided life-saving assistance to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria. Additionally, an ambitious airlift program for Ukraine has sent more than 21 planes carrying essential aid to border cities in Poland.

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