Earthquake Relief

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SunExpress in action for regions affected by the devastating earthquake in Türkiye

SunExpress relief support so far in numbers:

  • 443+ special flights have been carried out
  • 18,600+ affected people evacuated from the earthquake zone
  • 7,800+ rescue and medical teams and 327+ tons of humanitarian aid materials carried to the earthquake zone

Company-wide aid campaign by Guardian Angels

From day one of the earthquakes, our corporate volunteer team Guardian Angels has worked day and night to help the earthquake victims.

The Guardian Angels team is comprised of team members from all SunExpress stations and departments, who volunteered their personal time to coordinate donations, participate in rescue flights and facilitate a speedy aid delivery to AFAD.

Thanks to our Guardian Angels, so far, more than 1,000 boxes of donations have been collected, packed and delivered to Adana, Malatya, Gaziantep and Diyarbakır.

Support from partners FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt

Our partners FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt supported “Aktion Deutschland Hilft” with the aim to provide relief supplies for affected people in the earthquake zone.

Together for the earthquake victims: Airbridge to Turkey

Together we help! The need for aid in the affected earthquake region remains great. To ensure continuous and stable transport for urgently needed relief supplies and to reliably channel the enormous private willingness to help on the part of the population, we have joined forces together with five transport and logistics partners to form a relief initiative. The airlift has been active since February 17 and is expected to transport more than 1,000 tons of relief supplies to the crisis region in the coming weeks.

Who are the initiators?

How does the airlift work?

Private donations can be handed in at the 7,700 DPD pickup parcel shops in Germany, which are then distributed via the logistics centers of the FIEGE Group, coordinated by the logistics service provider time:matters, cleared through customs by Customs Broker and flown from Frankfurt to Antalya several times a week by airfreight transport from SunExpress and Lufthansa Cargo.

Companies can also make an important contribution and support the airlift as sponsors or with donations in kind. For example, SAP and Lufthansa Airlines as well as Cosnova have already sponsored freighter rotations of Lufthansa Cargo. Companies such as Rossmann, dm as well as Hanseatic help!, an aid organization that cooperates with Lufthansa Technik, have donated urgently needed relief supplies on a large scale and thus actively supported the initiative. Interested companies are asked to contact “Together we help” directly. Contact details can be found here.

In Antalya, the relief supplies are then transported to the earthquake areas with the assistance of the local disaster control authority AFAD and the logistics partner DSV.

What kind of donations are needed?

We work closely with the Türkiye-based aid organization AFAD. Through this, we know exactly what is needed on-site.

Therefore, please only donate goods, which are included in the below list. We urge you to hand in only new or unused goods!

  • Winter clothes
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets
  • Scarves
  • Diapers
  • Baby bottles and replacement teats
  • Gloves
  • Hygiene products (soap, shampoo; no liquids!)
  • Sanitary napkins

Tents, hygiene products (liquids) and power generators cannot be donated at the moment. An up-to-date overview of the currently required relief supplies can be found here.

Where can I find more information?

To find out more about our “Together we help” initiative, click here.

For media inquiries, please contact the respective press offices of the participating transport and logistics companies (SunExpress: [email protected]; DPD: [email protected]; FIEGE: [email protected]; time:matters: [email protected]; CB Customs Broker GmbH: [email protected]; Lufthansa Cargo: [email protected]).

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