Washington, DC

Yesterday, Airlink initiated response operations following a 7.8 earthquake which struck Ecuador on the evening of April 16, 2016. The death toll has risen to as many as 350 people, with more than 2,500 injured, according to official estimates.

Airlink has now assisted in the transportation of five personnel, including a DART from All Hands Volunteers, and personnel from Waves for Water who will provide access to clean water for those in need. United Airlines has provided tremendous support via its United Charity Miles program while  AeroMexico, Avianca, and JetBlue have also been active in the response. Airlink anticipates that assessments from multiple other partners will find need for air cargo delivery this week.

“This is a very serious disaster and our partner humanitarian aid teams are assessing the total damage on the ground,” said Steven Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “We are already beginning to receive requests, and anticipate to have a clearer picture of the long-term need as the teams are able to make reports from the affected areas.”

Airlink is accepting financial donations, as well as United Airlines miles, to assist with the response. Organizations can partner with Airlink to help the response by calling (202) 480-9241.

About Airlink

Airlink is a 24/7, rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits 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 3,700 passengers and transported approximately 2,500,000 pounds of aid cargo. For more information, please visit www.airlinkflight.org.

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