easyJet customers have raised over £300,000 in three weeks to support UNICEF’s emergency appeal. Their donations have helped raise vital funds for the children and their families affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.
Airbnb.org is working with non-profit organizations and government entities to offer free, temporary housing to survivors of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, and to relief workers.
Delta Air Lines is contributing $100,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) response effort in Turkey and Syria following a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southeast Turkey in the early hours of Feb. 6.
In the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, Emirates is setting up an airbridge with the International Humanitarian City (IHC), to transport urgent relief supplies, medical items and equipment to support on-ground aid efforts and search and rescue activities in both countries.
Fraport AG has joined forces with TAV Airports Holding to donate €1 million to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey. The two companies work closely together in the Turkish market in the operating consortium of Antalya Airport.
The thoughts of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and its Members are with those who have been affected by the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria which has taken so many lives, and devastated hundreds of families. We send our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of all those affected.
Contrary to recent media reports, Qatar Airways has confirmed scheduled passenger flights to and from Syria are fully operational and that reports the airline has suspended services are completely unfounded. Qatar Airways has only reduced frequency from ten flights a week to seven services each week to and from Damascus due to a reduction in traffic.
At least 10 people are said to have died in renewed protests across Syria against President Bashar al-Assad. Security forces fired tear gas and bullets after Friday prayers in the capital Damascus, but Syrian state TV blamed unidentified gunmen for some deaths. More than 1,300 people have been killed and thousands more detained since a crackdown on anti-government protests began in March.
British residents still in Syria have been warned to leave as soon as possible by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The warning comes as violent disturbances in urban centres across the country, including the capital Damascus, continue.
Travellers in the Middle East have been urged to flee Syria as government forces move into the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour to crush dissent. Heavy fighting was reported by state media, with armed groups using tanks and helicopters to attack anti-government protestors.
Officials at the US State Department have urged all citizens still in Syria to “depart immediately” while commercial transportation is readily available. Political circumstances in the Middle Eastern country have continued to deteriorate in recent days, with the US acknowledging the “volatility of the current situation”.