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10 Sep 2015

BY Sophie Griffiths


Call for airlines to donate supplies for refugees

An airline food blogger is calling on the aviation industry to donate blankets, pillows, amenity kits, inflight kids packs, food and water to those in need in Greece and France.


Nikos Loukas is hoping to charter a plane from London to Kos to deliver the goods on September 27, along with volunteers.

Airports and airline caterers across the UK and Europe have so far offered Loukas free storage space to accept delivery of donations.

Donations such as pre-packed meals, children’s fun packs and coffee cups have started to trickle in since he started the campaign on the weekend, however Loukas said he was still urging the industry for further donations.

He wants to distribute the goods evenly between a number of charities on the ground working in Calais and Kos including: Aid For Refugees in Kos and Lesbos, Kos Solidarity, Kos Kindness and Calais People to People Solidarity UK.

These groups have been set up for people to communicate with one another to arrange donations and collection points of things that are required there.

The cost of chartering an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 for the day comes at a cost of around £80,000. Loukas is hoping that an airline or aircraft charter company will donate an aircraft for him to use on September 27.

“It doesn’t come cheap, but I am hoping that someone will assist if possible,” he said.

Loukas said he had already been contacted by two airlines (who wish to remain anonymous), which were evaluating the possibility of offering their aircraft, however nothing is confirmed yet.

He is offering 130 free seats to the general public if the aircraft charter comes to fruition. Volunteers who join the flight to Kos are expected to assist with handing out donations and comforting people on the ground.

For those interested in volunteering for the flights, or to donate food and water supplies please contact Nikos via a special page that has been set up at Inflight Feed.

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