Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI
5th Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference & Exhibition
Marrakech, Morocco October 9th–11th 2013

5ème Conférence mondiale de l'aviation humanitaire & Exposition
Marrakech, Maroc October 9 au 11 Octobre 2013



 Under UNHAS operations, the world’s humanitarian airline transports employees from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), International agencies, donors and media, as well as essential commodities; 339,226 passengers and 1,854 mt of humanitarian cargo were transported in 39,202 flying hours. Overall, WFP Aviation transported over 354,618, passengers and 3,447 mt of vital humanitarian goods in 45,161 flying hours to over 350 destinations in 15 countries. An average of 54 aircraft was used per month to ensure that the humanitarian community could reach vulnerable people in remote and/or insecure areas.


WFP Aviation also provided 154 dedicated flight services to over 20 destinations for third party organizations, including various NGOs, governments, the United Nations Department of Field Support (UNDFS), and international organizations. The European Union’s Electoral Commission was assisted in DRC while the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also requested WFP Aviation’s services to urgently and safely repatriate over 10,000 people fromLibyato Several countries in Africa and Asia in the wake of political instability inLibya.


Capacity building and efficiency also remained on the forefront of WFP Aviation initiatives in 2011. To enhance air emergency response capacity, with the support of ECHO, WFP Aviation positioned a stand-by fleet of two helicopters inUgandato facilitate urgent response to disaster/insecurity mostly in Africa and the Middle East. The helicopters have already proven to be a tremendous asset to the Air Field Operation. At the same time, WFP Aviation established two positions of emergency response officers respectively in Panama and Bangkok to improve its ability to react to emergencies in areas where the Unit has no permanent presence. Furthermore, over 17 hands-on aviation trainings were provided to 398 people from diverse groups, including WFP, local authorities and other local stakeholders, ensuring that enhanced capacity forms part of WFP’s footprint at the local level.


WFP Aviation has provided humanitarian air services for more than 20 years to some of the hardest-to-reach emergency operations globally.


WFP Aviation provides:

  1. 1.Air support to WFP Logistics: airlifts and airdrops for food: delivery for emergencies
  2. 2.Strategic airlift operations: Ad-hoc cargo flights requested by UN agencies, NGOs and donors
  3. 3.Security & Medical evacuations: upon request from UNDSS (international flights)
  4. 4.Third Party Services: air chartering service for other agencies
  5. 5.United Nations Humanitarian Air Service: common air services to the entire humanitarian community upon request of the UN Country Team and Humanitarian Coordinator.


WFP Aviation 2011 in figures:

Total cost US$159 million
Agencies served 870
Passengers 354,618
Cargo 3,447 mt
Flying hours 45,161
Destinations 350
Medical evacuations 184
Security evacuations 86
Aviation training 400
Flight dispatcher course 16
Average cost per passenger US$593