MALAYSIA Aviation Group (MAG) transported more than 15,000 in-flight blankets for victims around the Taal Volcano area following an appeal by the Manila Airport Operations Council (AOC) for its One for Taal mission after the recent eruption.
MAG also organised a donation drive among its employees to donate cash or collect essential items that will be channelled via the AOC to the 150,000 people who have been displaced and are now finding shelter at various evacuation centres.
The airline also reached out to Mercy Malaysia to offer them suitable travel arrangements, either by flying in volunteers or in assisting the transportation of emergency relief items should it be required.
Malaysian Aviation Group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said: “Malaysia Airlines has a strong relationship with the airline and airport communities since we began our operations into Manila in 1974.
“Our pilots, including myself, attended the Philippine Aviation School which is located near Lake Taal for our first training. Despite being from a foreign country, we were welcomed by the people of Luzon with their warm hospitality during our cadet years.
“My heart remains close to the people in the community as I know the difficulties they face there daily.”
He added that he was pledging a RM1 contribution from ticket sales of each passenger flown by Malaysia Airlines in January to be donated to the people of Taal.
“This contribution is made possible with the strong support of Malaysia Airlines’ customers who have continued to fly with us over these years.
“I am also proud of the MAG family who have quickly come together to organise this donation drive, which truly reflects Malaysian hospitality.
“We hope that our contributions will help ease the burden of the affected communities, ” added Izham.
Malaysia Airlines flies from Kuala Lumpur to Manila 21 times weekly.