Green politician Margard arranges his own Kabul charter flights
An initiative led by Green politician Eric Margard wants to bring people safely out of Afghanistan. The first exhaust plane is prepared in detail. Military experts are talking about a high-risk project.
AActivists involved in maritime rescue operations in the Mediterranean are planning to donate-funded charter flights to evacuate people from Kabul. The Civil Fleet-Support Association, led by 33-year-old Green politician Eric Margard, says it has “chartered a plane we use to fly to Kabul.”
This is said on the newly launched website kabulluftbruecke.de: “Procedures have been clarified, now it’s about implementation.” No details were given about the time of the scheduled charter flight or the size of the aircraft.
So far, since the Islamic Taliban came to power, the German government has been using the A400M military transport aircraft to evacuate vulnerable civilians. Tasks are considered risky. The Bundeswehr aircraft specializes in maneuvering special approach maneuvers to get within the range of guided weapons as late as possible and has defensive mechanisms not found on a civilian aircraft. It remains to be seen whether the Civil Charter aircraft will be allowed to land.
Military experts are talking about a high-risk project. Currently, the United States still practically restricts access and use of the military area of Kabul Airport. There were 152 take-offs and landings last Monday alone.
According to US data, 21,600 people were evacuated from Kabul in a single day. The United States alone carried about 12,700 people on board 32 of its large C-17 transport aircraft and five aircraft of the smaller Hercules C-130. There were 57 flights from other countries with 8,900 passengers.
“Recovery needs government support”
The United States and the Taliban are said to have held talks on August 31 that the United States should act politely after the withdrawal of Kabul airport under UN protection.
As mentioned on the Airlift website, as many people as possible should be rescued from Kabul. “The government needs support with recovery because we don’t have time.” The association “has lists of people who need to be rescued and hundreds more to be contacted.”
Fact: “We see more opportunities to access the airport and we expect these options to be used in the coming days.” As many flights as possible should be arranged through donations.
According to its own information, the initiative for charter aircraft works closely with the Environment Center and the operational command. “However, the bureaucratic processes of the German bureaucracy impede flexibility in many areas, and we can ensure that,” the campaign website says.
In a video posted on Twitter, the Green politician and leader of the Civil Fleet Support Association spoke out about the fact that the charter flight to Kabul was “negotiating with the federal government.” This is not announced in advance because it is important to make sure in advance that the chartered aircraft can be used. “We want to fly to Kabul as often as possible,” the video message said, linked to a request for donations.
In the short term, the Greens could not get more information from the politician Margard or Airlift’s initiative. “We are busy 24 hours on the flight to Kabul. Please understand, we cannot provide interviews at this time because we do not have time,” said Bundeswehr.
Margard was a spokesman for the Green Youth and has been a member of the Pondnis 90 / Die Cronen Party Council since November 2015. He has been a member of the European Parliament since the 2019 European elections as part of the Green / EFA group. He is the chairman of the Berlin Association of Civil Fleet-Support, which has leased rescue ships for civilian rescue in the Mediterranean through donations. The initiative of the charter aircraft in Kabul now announced by the association is said to be supported by about 100 initiatives and groups, a list is shown under the appeal for donations.
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