MAG provides 15,000 in-flight blankets, support for Taal Volcano eruption victims

MAB has also pledged to contribute RM1 from ticket sales of each passenger flying with the airlines in January to the victims

By ASILA JALIL / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Malaysian Aviation Group (MAG) yesterday transported more than 15,000 in-flight blankets to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines.

The move was in response to an appeal by the Manila Airport Operations Council (AOC) to airlines for support towards its “One for Taal” missions following the eruption on Jan 12, 2020.

MAG CEO Captain Izham Ismail (picture) said Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) has also pledged to contribute RM1 from ticket sales of each passenger flying with the airlines for the month of January to the victims.

The same pledge was made by the airlines to assist recovery efforts in Australia that was hit with bushfire earlier this month.

“It is more than just a responsibility to support our fellow Asean neighbours in their time of need. “This contribution is made possible not without the strong support of MAB’s customers who have continued to fly with us over these years,” he said in the statement yesterday.

The airline has also reached out to local humanitarian organisation, Mercy Malaysia, by offering travel arrangements either by flying in volunteers or assisting the transportation of emergency relief items.

A donation drive was also organised by the group among MAG’s employees to donate cash or collect items that will be channelled to the 150,000 displaced individuals via the AOC.

“I am also proud of the MAG family who have quickly come together to organise this donation drive, which truly reflects generosity being part of Malaysian Hospitality.

“We sincerely hope that our contributions will help ease the burden of the affected communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with them always,” he added.

Malaysia Airlines flies from Kuala Lumpur to Manila 21 times weekly.

The Taal Volcano erupted in the afternoon on Jan 12. Its last eruption took place 43 years ago.

More than 150,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology upgraded the alert level on Taal to 4 as there is a possibility of another eruption.