Airlink is a nonprofit organization working with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies for reputable non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to rapid-onset disasters and other humanitarian crises around the globe.
In late 2009, Airlink was formed by the ISTAT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading, which supports individuals and institutions that promote the advancement of commercial aviation and humanitarianism.
Airlink launched its first response in 2010 when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Airlink joined forces with global NGOs and commercial and private aviation to coordinate the movement of more than 2,000 doctors and nurses and more than 40 shipments of aid totaling +500,000 pounds.
Since then, Airlink has worked with its airline and logistics partners to help NGOs respond to humanitarian emergencies where the supply chain is constrained and international aid is required. Our responses to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters have brought life-saving and life-changing aid to some of the world’s most vulnerable beneficiaries. Airlink also focuses on alleviating suffering in protracted emergencies, including the Syrian refugee crisis, Rohingya refugee crisis, and complex crises in South Sudan and the Horn of Africa. Airlink also works to address ongoing needs in the developing world, such as access to clean water, food, shelter, and medical aid to improve community resiliency.
Today, Airlink’s network consists of more than 40 commercial and charter airlines and 100+ international NGOs. Airlink and its airline partners have transported more than 6,000 passengers and more than 3,000,000 pounds of cargo in support of a broad range of humanitarian initiatives. Airlink estimates the value of these movements to be USD $8,000,000.