* Photo by Tony McWilliam. Stop-off: A Jordanian Lockheed C-130, bound for Haiti and packed with earthquake relief supplies, refuelled at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport this week.
* Photo by Tony McWilliam. Stop-off: A Jordanian Lockheed C-130, bound for Haiti and packed with earthquake relief supplies, refuelled at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport this week.
Planes full of humanitarian aid for Haiti have been allowed to land in Bermuda for free.

The government has waived all airport and landing fees for aircraft bound for the devastated island. And Bermuda Aviation Services has also decided to set aside its handling charge.

So far 15 planes have stopped in at LF Wade International Airport on their way to the Haiti. They have filled up with fuel before heading off to drop desperately needed aid to residents in the disaster zone.

The planes have originated in countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Airport manager Aaron Adderley said: "Given our unique geographic location, L.F. Wade International Airport is serving as a minor staging facility for relief missions from around the world making their way to Haiti to provide aid supplies and resources.

"Most have stopped in Bermuda for re-fuelling and rest during their journey.

"As these flight missions are providing much needed assistance to those persons affected by the devastating earthquake, the Government has waived all airport landing and terminal fees.

"Furthermore the Bermuda Aviation Services (BAS), the company providing ground services at the airport for each of the flights, has also kindly waived all of its handling charges."

Mr. Adderley said he expected more planes carrying aid for Haiti to land in Bermuda in the coming weeks.

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