- MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
The humanitarian context has faced numerous changes in the course of 2010 in DRC and Kenya. As a consequence DG ECHO has expanded and intensified its interventions. The trend observed in 2010, is likely to continue in 2011 and DG ECHO has decided to slightly increase the ECHO Flight's services in terms of destinations and frequency to very remote areas in order to facilitate the implementation of humanitarian actions which is heavily dependent on the air transport of partners' staff and cargo. To this end a fourth airplane is operated since 15 January 2011.
As foreseen in the terms of the contract, ECHO Flight operator has requested a revision of the price for the renewal of the contract which is foreseen the 1rst of May.
In order to maintain the level of air services proposed to our partners since beginning of 2011 and take into account the price revision, it has been decided to increase the 2011 budget for ECHO flight to EUR 9,500,000.