Air Charter Service (ACS) and Coyne Airways announced last week a scheme to back War Child, a charity which supports children affected by conflict.
Family-run companies ACS and Coyne will donate an agreed amount per transaction on behalf of their customers, starting from next month.
Customers will be given the opportunity to match the donation on a quarterly basis.
“The air cargo business supports many charities but none specifically aimed at helping children in conflict areas” said Larry Coyne, CEO of Coyne Airways, speaking on the second day of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)’s Air Cargo Forum.
“We want to support a charity which helps some of the most disadvantaged people during wars – children, and encourage participants in our industry to give, based on a formula which is simple and within their means.
“By tying the giving to a transaction such as a booking, a landing, or a flight, at a rate they are comfortable with, we take the guesswork out of how much to give and we are committing to give for a minimum period.”
“I appeal to any other companies interested in helping children in conflict zones to support War Child through this type of arrangement.”
Chris Leach, Chairman of ACS, added, “At ACS we support a number of charities each year, but when Larry brought War Child to my attention we felt we should dig that little bit deeper. During our careers in this industry some of us have seen the horrors left behind by conflict first hand.
“With Syria at the forefront of people’s minds at the moment, we feel that we can do more to help. War Child helps rebuild children’s lives following such conflicts and we are really proud to be supporting them. There are some great people in this industry of ours and if more of us came together we could make a really significant impact.”
War Child is the only specialist charity for children in conflict, delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
“It’s brilliant that ACS and Coyne Airways have chosen to support us; we’re very grateful and want to say thank you to all involved,” said Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK.
“The funds generously raised by ACS, Coyne and their customers will go towards life changing interventions for children affected by conflict – providing hope for the future for thousands of children in some of the most difficult places on earth.”