Airlink, the 24/7 disaster relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits with airlines for passenger and cargo transportation, completed four flights through its Air Bridge initiative to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in only 30 days. In a collaborative effort that coordinated critical aid from 22 nonprofit and 7 airline partners, Airlink has facilitated shipments comprised of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and even forklifts!
“We are extremely grateful to all of our airline, nonprofit, logistics, and funding partners who have stepped up to support the worldwide demand for aid cargo into West Africa, allowing Airlink to do what it does best – respond quickly and streamline aid to the areas of greatest need,” commented Steve Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “Without the support of our extraordinary partners, we would have never been able to, nor can we continue to respond this quickly and make sure the supplies get to West Africa to help fight the deadly Ebola outbreak at its source.”
The success of this first month of flights was made possible only with the support of Airlink’s airline partners: Air Canada, Brussels Airlines, FedEx Express, Kalitta Air, Nippon Cargo Airlines, TNT, and Western Global Airlines – nonprofit members – Africans in Medicine, Afya Foundation, AmeriCares, ChildFund International, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Direct Relief, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Heart to Heart, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Liberian Medical Association, MAP International, MedShare, More than Me, Operation USA, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, SIM USA, UMass Medical Foundation, and We Care Solar – logistics partners – American Logistics Aid Network, and LIFT – and key donors – the Greenbaum Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Seagal Family Foundation. We encourage nonprofit organizations requiring assistance to help move critical supplies and relief workers to continue to contact Airlink.