Airlink is a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that links airlines with pre-qualified nonprofits.
Today, Airlink's network consists of more than 35 commercial and charter airlines and 60 international nonprofits.
Since its inception in 2010, Airlink's has worked with its airline partners to respond to a number of rapid-onset disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, Hurricane Sandy and numerous tornadoes in the US, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. In addition, Airlink's airline partners have assisted many organizations in addressing ongoing issues in the developing world, such as access to clean water, food, shelter, medical aid, and education.
Since inception, Airlink and its airline partners have transported over 3,700 passengers and more than 2,500,000 pounds of cargo in support of a broad range of humanitarian initiatives. Airlink estimates the value of these movements at more than USD $5,000,000.
See examples of collaboration between our nonprofit and airline partners on our Missions Page.
Conceptualized in 2009, Airlink was established by aviation professionals serving within the ISTAT Foundation with the express purpose to facilitate a broad partnership between commercial aviation and nonprofit community. The intent of our founders was to utilize commercial aviation capacity on scheduled air carriers to support NGOs in their humanitarian relief efforts – all at relatively low cost to the airlines and nonprofits. Our first mission - response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti - was a huge success, and set the stage for Airlink to become the major player in disaster response logistics and transportation that it is today.
How to Join
Airlink works exclusively with 501(c)(3) designated nonprofits (United States) and registered charities (international) focused on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. Your organization can apply to be an Airlink Partner through our Online Application.