Airlink partners with United Airlines to launch a Hurricane Dorian relief flight carrying critical supplies and relief teams for five nonprofits operating in the Bahamas.
Lack of clean water and need for temporary shelter, medical care and other services continue to make thousands of people in the Bahamas vulnerable.
The aircraft, carrying nearly 100 relief workers and 13,600 kg of aid including hygiene kits and food, departed George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston and landed at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, Bahamas on 17 September. Organisations being assisted by the partnership are Heart to Heart International, Mercy Corps, Rise Against Hunger, Team Rubicon and Waves for Water.
Airlink leverages the expertise and assets of the aviation and logistics industries to ensure rapid and efficient humanitarian responses. The organisation counts on donors and partners like United Airlines to transport relief personnel and humanitarian aid for its trusted network of relief organisation partners.
“Working with Airlink has helped us deliver a significant and efficient response to Hurricane Dorian’s impact by connecting United with the incredible relief workers and organisations stepping up to help in The Bahamas,” says Sharon Grant, chief community engagement officer at United Airlines.
“Today’s flight represents what great work we can do when we come together for our communities in need, and while we are proud of this effort, we also recognise the importance of continuing to work with organisations on the ground to help Bahamians rebuild,” Grant adds.
For organisations like Team Rubicon, which had dozens of relief workers on the flight, Airlink’s support means their efforts to assist hurricane impacted communities can be sustained.
“Our teams were on the ground in the immediate aftermath answering calls from the EMT Coordination Cell and providing debris removal services to impacted communities,” says Brent Slough, mobilisation manager for Team Rubicon.
“Organisations like Airlink enable Team Rubicon’s impact to be greater and our service to these communities longer. We’re thankful for their generosity and for getting our teams on the ground.”
With support from donors and seven airline partners including United Airlines, Airlink has arranged free transportation for 24 organisations sending more than 260 relief workers to the Bahamas in the last two weeks.