Still time for UK passengers to donate to “Help us fill a plane!” initiative ahead of emergency aid flight to Syria
Norwegian’s passengers have been in a generous mood by donating more than £130,000 to UNICEF’s work for children.
Low-cost airline Norwegian flies from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh airports and UK passengers have been among the many customers donating money when purchasing flights online between June and October. A partnership between UNICEF, travel technology company Amadeus and Norwegian has made the donations possible.
In November, Norwegian and UNICEF will send an aircraft fully loaded with emergency aid and school supplies from Oslo, Norway to Amman, Jordan to help Syrian children living in the world’s second largest refugee camp, Za’atari. All donations made by passengers in October will be used to help fill the airplane with school supplies and emergency aid to Syrian refugee children.
A simple click when finishing their ticket purchase is all it takes for passengers to donate a small amount to UNICEF – customers will have the option to donate £3, £5, £10 or £15 when they book their tickets. UK passengers can also directly donate to the ‘Help us fill a plane!’ initiative through Norwegian and UNICEF’s campaign site: https://www.unicef.no/fly
Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “I would like to thank our passengers for their generosity. The total amount of more than £130,000 shows that a small contribution from many passengers will help children get the future they deserve.
“We are eager to do whatever we can to help the dispersed refugee children of Syria, and our signature partnership with UNICEF makes this possible. We will provide an aircraft and crew so that we can carry emergency aid and school supplies. We encourage our customers and partners to contribute to preventing a lost generation of Syrian children.”
Bernt G. Apeland, Executive Director of UNICEF Norway, said: “This shows the Norwegian customers’ dedication to making the world a better place for children. It also shows that it is easier to support our work when it is easy to make donations, the way Amadeus and Norwegian have enabled customers to donate online. I would like to thank both companies and all customers for their contribution.
“The refugee children of Syria have lost everything. That’s why we encourage everybody to help us fill a plane with relief items that go directly to children in need. Together we can make sure these children get the future they deserve and prevent a lost generation.”
Tomás López Fernebrand SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Amadeus IT Group said: “Such a large amount of donations in the first months shows how much can be achieved when the travel sector and humanitarian causes work together. Using this example for inspiration, we ask our travel industry partners to consider the enormous potential for similar worthy outcomes by using this technology – which we are pleased to offer free of charge.”
Norwegian and UNICEF have had a signature partnership since 2007 – initiatives have included flying emergency aid to the Central African Republic and arranging fundraisers on board. In addition, Norwegian donates money to UNICEF as an alternative to giving its employees a Christmas present.