Air charter services are said to have seen a rise in demand this year following natural disasters around the world. Aircraft charter company Chapman Freeborn has revealed that it has seen a 50% year-on-year rise in calls volume in the first quarter of 2011. “In the month of March alone, we have flown over 20,000 passengers to safety,” said Mark Middleton, director of Chapman Freeborn Singapore. “In recent weeks, Chapman Freeborn has completed over 100 evacuation flights in March Rapid response to crisis situations in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain and Japan… Often most lives are saved in the immediate hours following a disaster.” Charter flights are undertaken on behalf of multinational corporations, governments and international aid agency clients. “When such crises emerge, most calls for our service to drop aid cargos, deliver search and rescue team, evacuate civilians, and even government officials from troubled spots,” explained Middleton.