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Provision of Humanitarian Air Services in Chad (2013)


Titre : Provision of Humanitarian Air Services in Chad (2013)

Pays : Tchad

Durée : 01st January 2013 to 31st December 2013

The areas where populations in need of humanitarian assistance are living are far away from the United Nations agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations’ (NGOs) field offices. Given the poor road conditions and the prevailing insecurity, travel by road is extremely risky and not-practical and air travel remain the most effective means of transport. Besides the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which provides a passenger air service for its own staff, the WFP Humanitarian Air Service (WFP/UNHAS) remains the safest and most reliable mode of transport for the humanitarian community in Chad. This air service has been requested by over 100 humanitarian agencies and the donor community currently operating in Chad and WFP/UNHAS is expected to service up to 5,000 passengers per month.

The project will implement standard WFP management structures and support systems : • Passenger and cargo booking will be made through WFP/UNHAS management structures, with data and voice connectivity available to relay flight manifests and schedules to all locations where WFP maintains sub-offices for distribution to users. • A dedicated communication system is in place to monitor the location and flight progress of all WFP operated aircraft through VHF/HF radios and the Satellite tracking system in the interest of flight safety. • The Web Based Electronic Flight Management Application (EFMA) system implementation is ongoing. The system enables monitoring of usage of the air service by various agencies, load factors, flight routing and provide operational and cost data for management overview. • Weekly/ monthly flight schedules are maintained, with flexibility to adjust to requests for special flights.

The objectives are : • To provide safe, efficient and cost-effective inter-agency air transport service for over 100 United Nations Agencies, NGOs and donor organizations providing humanitarian assistance to Sudanese refugees, host populations and IDPs in the region ; • To transport light cargo such as medical supplies, high energy foods and information and communications technology (ICT) equipment ; and • To provide timely medical and security evacuations for the humanitarian community in Chad.

The operational fleet will consist of 4 aircraft (1 x 50 -seat Dash 8 ; 2x -19 seat LET 410 and 1x35 -seat Dash 8 type aircraft) based strategically in N’Djamena, Abeche and in Gozbeida to respond effectively to regular demand and emergencies/evacuations. A stand-by Dash 8 (35-seat) based in Entebbe will also be utilized to cover the fleet maintenance. In addition to the air services the project is catering for a rehabilitation of Gozbeida runway, which is WFP/UNHAS’s third main hub in Chad with sustainable aviation fuel supplies.

Coût Total : This Special Operation is required for twelve months, from 1st January to 31st December 2013, at a total cost of US$21,321,468. The services are provided to users free of charge and the budget costs are to be raised through donor contributions.

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