Niger was ranked 186 out of 187 countries by UNDP’s Human Development Index in 2012. Security remains a concern in the country and the greater sub-region, with incidents of suicide bombings and kidnappings of humanitarian aid workers. In addition, the military intervention in neighboring Mali and the conflict in north-east Nigeria have resulted in large numbers of people fleeing into Niger.
The security situation and poor infrastructure make land transportation impracticable. With no national commercial aviation company operating within Niger, UNHAS remains the only means of air transport for the whole humanitarian community to access people in need. Since January 2013, regular flights between Niger and Mali are in place to facilitate the movement of humanitarian actors running trans-border projects between the two countries, when required. This link between Niger and Mali is necessary to cater for humanitarian needs in the Sahel region. UNHAS Niger transports approximately 1,430 passengers and about 3.3 mt of cargo per month from over 130 humanitarian organizations to six destinations with a Dash-8 aircraft.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Hugo Mvumbi - Chief Air Transport Officer