14 September 2010
Today members of the Auckland Airport emergency services (AES) team will be roaming the terminals collecting money for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Christchurch.
Auckland Airport chief executive, Simon Moutter, said, “The Christchurch earthquake has had a massive impact on the people of Canterbury. Auckland Airport is committed to helping out our tourism industry colleagues in Christchurch in whatever way we can, just as they would for us.
“We’ve already sent down some of our trades-people to help give some of the tired Christchurch Airport (CIAL) repair workers a break” says Simon.
The team of four worked alongside their counterparts at CIAL to ensure the airport kept operating. It gave the Christchurch team a much needed break after working extremely long hours. Christchurch Airport’s terminal received severe structural damage and the Auckland team was kept busy repairing ceiling tiles and walls, checking the water reticulation and ensuring the power was safe for use.
The Auckland Airport collection will be running today and tomorrow. The team will be collecting donations from the travelling public and airport staff to go towards the Christchurch Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund.
“If you see the AES team in the airport, please give generously,” says Simon.