This Special Operation is designed to continue the provision of safe, efficient and effective air transport services to the humanitarian community in Sudan. In 2016, close to 15 percent of the population were reported in need of humanitarian assistance, out of which the humanitarian community targeted to assist 4.6 million people . It is projected that the level of need will remain high in 2017. Continuing insecurity, vast distances, and poor transportation networks within the country severely limit access to the affected population. Since 2004, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has been the main mean through which NGOs, UN agencies and the donor community travel to implement and monitor humanitarian projects.