MAF is flying for life in Mongolia


Mongolia is a land of huge, empty distances but little infrastructure. With only 3.2 million people sprawled across the vast, desolate landscape, it is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries.

The climate is hard and the winters extremely cold, sometimes reaching -40C.

Mongolia’s economic collapse after Soviet withdrawal in the 1990s triggered widespread poverty and unemployment. Many agencies arrived to carry out development work, but transport to the most remote regions was almost impossible.

After extensive surveys, MAF began flying in 2001. Many of our flights support the work of the small but growing Church, development agencies and government bodies.

We provide inflight patient care training for local doctors, and enable teams from NGOs such as Reaching the Light to offer physical, speech and education therapy to children.

Our plane often becomes an air ambulance as we carry out many emergency airlifts for sick and injured people.


Flying in materials and food may seem a small thing, but it’s huge to us, living in such isolation.Edith Tellenbach, ArtisAltaï founder


Mongolia. Main base: Ulaanbaatar. Programme begins 2011. 1 aircraft. 1 international staff, 11 national staff. 24 partner organisations. 24 locations served. 857 passengers in 2013.
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