Coronavirus Global Response: EU sets up a Humanitarian Air Bridge

air flight

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.

The European Commission has set up an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to transport humanitarian workers and emergency supplies for the coronavirus response to some of most critical areas around the world.

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, is travelling today to Bangui on the first flight and will meet H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic, as well as humanitarian organisations.

Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “Leaving any area of the world unprotected today leaves us all unprotected tomorrow. As part of our global response, the EU will open a dedicated Humanitarian Air Bridge to get aid into areas which lack supplies due to the difficulties of global transit. This can be a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable communities worldwide.”

The first EU flight, operated in cooperation with France,is departing from Lyon and will transport around 60 humanitarian workers from various NGOs and 13 tonnes of humanitarian cargo. Two subsequent humanitarian cargo flights will follow in the coming days to transport a further 27 tonnes of humanitarian supplies in total. On their return leg, the Air Bridge flights will also bring back EU citizens and other passengers from the Central African Republic in a repatriation effort.

More EU humanitarian flights are being scheduled for the coming weeks, prioritising African countries where the pandemic has the potential to worsen many existing humanitarian crises.

How the Humanitarian Air Bridge works

  • In a joint effort between the Commission and Member States, the Commission funds air transport of Member States’ flights to and from the proposed destinations, where possible combined with ongoing repatriation flights, also including humanitarian workers on rotation.
  • Humanitarian staff from national administrations, NGOs or UN Agencies can benefit from the facility.
  • The Commission finances 100% of the transport costs, whereas the EU partners remain responsible for the procurement of the humanitarian material.


The Global EU response to Coronavirus follows a Team Europe approach. It draws on contributions from all EU institutions and combines the resources mobilised by EU Member States and financial institutions, to address the humanitarian, health, and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of its long-standing solidarity with the people in need in the Central African Republic, through its humanitarian aid, the EU is also supporting 15 new projects in 2020 with a total funding of €15.2 million. This funding is going towards providing life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people. Since 2014, the Central African Republic received more than €770 million in humanitarianassistance from the EU and its Member States.

In addition to humanitarian aid, the EU has mobilised over €30 million for the coronavirus response via its different instruments, including the Bêkou Trust Fund. This funding will help in addressing immediate needs in the Central African Republic in the health, water and sanitation sectors as well as supporting the State budget with an early budget support payment.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

These are the regions where people have most faith in their schools

These countries are driving global demand for coal

Artificial intelligence: EU must ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

From rescue animals to electric buses, California is introducing bold new rules

Trump’s Pandemic Failure: A Missed Opportunity

Somalia: worst harvest since 2011, with more than 2 million expected to go hungry

OECD household income up 0.7% in first quarter of 2018, outpacing GDP growth

Global warming: our responsibility

5 creative alternatives to plastic packaging

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

Here’s how to prepare South-East Asia’s young people for the future

5 reasons why reading books is good for you

EU continues targeting on Chinese steel imports instead of the revival of its own economy

Second Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: impact on privacy, voting and trust

“A sustainable economy, low-carbon, resource-efficient, resilient and more competitive on the global stage”, EU Commissioner Vella in a Sting Exclusive

6 ways China and the United States could jumpstart trade reforms

Meet Cipta: the comic book hero using her powers to tackle bullying in schools

Amending Guatemala ‘reconciliation law’ would lead to unjust amnesty, warns Bachelet

International partners pledge $1.2 billion to help cyclone-hit Mozambique recover, ‘build back better’

Afghanistan: UN envoy urges further extension of ceasefire with Taliban, as Eid ul-Fitr gets underway

Who can unlock the stalled Brexit negotiations? UK Premier sticks to her proposal

Why Italy will not follow the Greek road; Eurozone to change or unravel

How to fight back against misinformation and polarization

State aid: Commission approves €380 million German rescue aid to Condor

Trade: EU-Singapore agreement to enter into force on 21 November 2019

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review confirms positive trends but highlights challenges, in particular linked to automation and digitalisation

EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

“Austerity was not the alternative!”, President Hannes Swoboda of the European Socialists and Democrats on another Sting Exclusive

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Broadcom concerning TV set-top box and modem chipset markets

Creating shared value: an opportunity and challenge for entrepreneurship

Europeans show record support for the euro

Action needed to tackle stalled social mobility

Japan’s holiest shrine is pulled down and rebuilt every 20 years – on purpose

In a time of rising xenophobia, more important than ever to ratify Genocide Convention

Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

More than half of the global population is now online

China Unlimited: the dragon’s long and winding road

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

Artificial Intelligence: These 3 charts show what people really think

State aid: Commission approves €53 million public support scheme for charging stations for low emission vehicles in Romania

South Korea wants to build three hydrogen-powered cities by 2022

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic

Brexit update: Will the EU grant extention to Britain preventing economic chaos?

What the Amazon rain forest tells us about globalization

The cost of generating renewable energy has fallen – a lot

On the 22nd China-EU Summit: “negotiating partner, economic competitor and systemic rival”; is this the right EU approach to address your 2nd biggest trading partner?

EU Budget 2019: focus on the young, on migration and innovation

Have Europe’s Ukrainian wounds begun to heal?

Public opinion misled by the Commission on air transport safety

Health spending set to outpace GDP growth to 2030

COVID-19: EU institutions take action to procure life-saving medical equipment


Governments need to honour their climate pledges as risks grow

UN chief welcomes new push by El Salvador’s political parties to begin fresh dialogue

UN refugee agency ‘deeply shocked’ at stabbing death of ‘deeply courageous’ Polish mayor

Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

New Syria fighting represents ‘giant powder keg’, warns aid veteran, as he leaves UN stage

More Stings?


Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s