10/7/2017

Hurricane Relief Flight Brings Help to Puerto Rico

Medical Supplies, Generators, and Support for Children Sent

As Puerto Rico continues its long road to recovery following Hurricane Maria, we have launched a plane carrying 15 tons of relief supplies to address critical needs. The Boeing 767, carrying supplies for MedShare, World Hope International and Save the Children, left Miami yesterday for San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Medicines, generators, solar chargers, and materials to provide security and comfort for children are among the supplies transported. 

Damaged infrastructure, compromised airports and seaports, and a high volume of humanitarian traffic have challenged our relief partners serving hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico. Our team is pleased to be able to offer a transportation solution that results in people receiving lifesaving and life-improving help.

Prior to this flight, we arranged free transportation for 19 organizations to send nearly 90 relief workers and almost 25,000 pounds of emergency cargo distributed throughout the Caribbean since Hurricane Irma. British Airways, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines provided donated flights. 

We funded yesterday's flight with the help of supporters like you. And in doing so, we are allowing our relief partners to redirect the transportation savings toward providing more aid. Beneficiaries of our assistance - like Save the Children, who will create child friendly spaces with the materials onboard the flight - also rely on us to overcome logistical challenges. 

“Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in Puerto Rico, addressing the service and material needs of children and families affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Greg Ramm, head of humanitarian response at Save the Children. “Mobilizing staff and supplies for this emergency response has been challenging in the wake of such a devastating storm, and Airlink’s support has been critical to Save the Children work.”

Lack of clean water, food, and medical care continue to leave vulnerable hundreds of thousands of people in Caribbean communities recently enduring hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. In anticipation of continued need in Puerto Rico and the greater Caribbean region, we are asking for your support to fund future flights and operations.

Please join our efforts by making a donation today. To discuss how your contribution will impact the lives of those in need, please contact our Operations Team at ops@airlinkflight.org.