Washington, D.C.
6/5/2017

Cancun, Mexico (June 5, 2017) – June is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season and Airlink, a world leader in rapid response humanitarian relief, is working to create awareness and is seeking donations in advance of what could be a long and potentially stormy season.

This year, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting to see above average storm numbers in the Atlantic, despite the uncertainty of whether an El Niño will develop over the summer. The forecast is currently for 11 to 17 named storms to form, of which five to nine are expected to become hurricanes, and two to four major hurricanes.

For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

“We’ve been through this before,” says Airlink Executive Director Steven Smith from the annual IATA AGM Conference. “You can never be too prepared. Having aircraft, personnel and supplies at the ready means faster relief to those affected by crisis. We want to boost awareness among our supporters and partners that this could be a rough season, and that Airlink stands ready to provide impacted areas immediate support if necessary.”

Last year Airlink responded to 16 major international crises, including Hurricane Mathew which devastated the island nation of Haiti, says Smith. Airlink sent more than 391,570 pounds of critical humanitarian aid. The shipments -- a coordinated effort between Airlink and 15 of their nonprofit partners -- included hygiene kits, water purification equipment, pharmaceuticals, and medical and surgical supplies. Airlink also worked with its air and logistics partners to send more than 39 relief workers to the island, saving NGOs significant transportation costs. In light of this year’s NOAA warning, Airlink is taking pre-emptive action for donations and support.

Direct donations to Airlink helps send relief workers and aid supplies where they are needed most, saving NGOs time and critical funds that they can devote to programs that directly benefit those affected by crisis. To help, please go to www.airlinkflight.org/donate.

About AIRLINK

Airlink is a rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization that links pre-qualified non-profits with partner airlines for passenger and cargo transportation. Airlink’s rapid response business model supports the delivery of the right aid to the right people at the right time. With a global air transportation network that is constantly expanding as crises and natural disasters continue to occur around the world, Airlink has supported humanitarian initiatives on every continent. Since its inception in 2010, Airlink’s airline partners have flown over 4,000 relief personnel and transported approximately 3 million pounds of aid cargo to address humanitarian needs around the world. For more information, please visit www.airlinkflight.org.