This Special Operation (SO) is established to provide safe, effective and efficient air transport services to the humanitarian community in Chad. The need for humanitarian assistance in Chad remains steadily high. However, vast distances, poor transportation networks and insecurity limit access for aid workers to beneficiaries. The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) is therefore crucial to facilitate access to beneficiaries and implementation sites for NGOs, UN agencies, donor organizations and diplomatic missions. With operational bases in N’Djamena, Abeche and Gozbeida UNHAS will continue to provide air services to 19 regular destinations within Chad with a fleet of three fixed wing aircraft.
The SO 200785 will be managed by the WFP Chad Country Office for the period 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015 at a budgeted cost of US$ 20,591,459. The budget requirements will be raised through donor contributions (approximately 88%) and a partial cost-recovery (12%) in the form of ticket sales.
Fleet composition and operational routes have been determined after needs assessments and consultations with relevant stakeholders. The project will be implemented through standard WFP management structure and support systems and regularly reviewed in accordance with standard procedures in order to minimize risks and ensure operational efficiency.