May 28, 2016: Air Charter Service was asked to arrange a charter to help rehome two dolphins from Harderwijk Dolphinarium, just outside Amsterdam, to their new home in the Canary Islands last week.
The animals were carefully transported on an AN-74 aircraft with qualified vets in attendance at Maastricht Airport and then on board during the flight.
‘Sting’ and ‘Makai’ arrived into Las Palmas Airport in the evening of May 4 and were transported on to their new home at Palmitos Park, a botanical zoo on the island, with a large dolphinarium.
James Fitzgerald, director of ACS Spain, said, “A lot of careful planning was needed to ensure that the dolphins were comfortable, yet secure and safe on board the aircraft. The total transit time was not to exceed twelve hours, so we positioned the aircraft early, before they set off from their previous home. Whilst on board we regulated the cabin pressure in order to avoid any potential sickness or distress to be caused by the altitude. Every precaution was taken and we hear they are now enjoying their new, sunnier, home.”