Turkish Airlines have responded to a call to help send aid to famine-struck Somalia.
The flag carrier acted when the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia was shared hundreds of thousands of times after Vine and Snapchat star Jerome Jarre started a social media campaign to highlight the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Somalia.
He then discovered that Turkish Airlines was the only company flying to the Horn of Africa country.
“Maybe I am going to sound crazy now but what if we could find an airplane? And we filled it with food and water and sent it to Somalia?” he said in a video.
A number of celebrities, including actor Ben Stiller, repeated his plea.
The airline responded via Twitter: “We ❤ Somalia. We got the call for this meaningful flight”.
On March 4, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for people to take part in the Turkish Red Crescent aid campaign for Somalia.
The president of the Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, thanked Stiller for raising awareness and said the charity was preparing three ships and three cargo planes to Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan with Turkish Airlines.
According to the UN, more than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation in east Africa, including around 1.4 million children.
Turkey has provided more than $121.9 million since 2011 through the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, the Turkish Red Crescent and the Directorate of Religious Affairs.
Turkish airlines opens new office in Somali capital
The only international air company operating in Somalia Turkish airlines has opened its first office in Somali capital Mogadishu.
The office is located near millimeter 4 in Somali capital and a lot of Somali people will benefit.
Ebibeker Elici Turkish airlines country director, Somalia told Mareeg media in an exclusive interview at Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu on Wednesday said that they are connecting Somali people and Turkish people.
“We will continue working in Somalia, we don’t have any security concern, our flight from Mogadishu to the world is a like the same flight from Djibouti and Washington, we don’t have security concern,” he said
Turkish airlines have make ticket selling agreement with Somali travel Agency call light Travel agency.
Ibrahim Maxamed Sheikh, Light travel agency told Mareeg in an interview that Somali people will get cheap ticket.
Turkish airlines had an office at Adan Adde international airport in Somali capital Mogadishu as the agreement with light travel agency is the first agreement between Turkish airlines and Somali travel agencies.
Ebibeker Elici Turkish airlines Somali director said that the company will start flight cargoes from about 300 cities around the world to Somalia capital Mogadishu.