December 16, 2020
The Munich Airport help organization "Flughafenverein München e.V." has been involved in regional and international aid projects for many years. Currently, the association is also organizing aid for people in Honduras who have been affected by the severe tropical cyclones of recent months. The storms, with meter-high floods and landslides, had claimed more than 200 lives and robbed thousands of families of their homes. Thomas Bihler, chairman and co-founder of the airport association: "We want to support the population with blankets, furniture, beds as well as medical supplies."
For the Honduran region of Copan Ruinas, which has been particularly hard hit by hurricanes, the association has already collected numerous donations in cash and in kind, which will be used, among other things, to rebuild destroyed schools. The first donations in kind have already been shipped from Munich Airport. The donations will go to the World Vision Honduras organization, which is actively supporting the reconstruction of local schools.
Munich Airport's subsidiary Munich Airport International (MAI), which has been supporting the development of the new capital city airport in Honduras since 2016, is also making a contribution to the relief. MAI today shipped a container with over 500 suitcases full of clothing to the region. The suitcases came from an outreach project in Bermuda, where they were used to test baggage operations prior to the opening of the new terminal at L. F. Wade International Airport. World Vision Honduras will coordinate the distribution of the clothing to the local community.
"We focus on the successful opening of the new Honduran capital airport but we also want to make a small contribution to the country and its people with these donations. In doing so, our local staff will ensure that the aid reaches where it is most urgently needed", says Dr. Ralf Gaffal, Managing Director of Munich Airport International. The airport association's appeal for donations will continue over the coming weeks and is aimed primarily at Munich Airport employees and residents in the surrounding area of the airport. Further social campaigns are also planned for the coming year."