Airlink continues to transport relief personnel for 10 nonprofit partners responding to Florida communities in need. To date, the value of the flights provided for 108 passengers is more than $85,000.
As of October 24th, Airlink had supported 58 responder flights to Florida and Alabama, assisting seven nonprofit partners. The Hurricane Michael response has been largely supported by Signature Lead partner United Airlines.
Sunday, October 14 Update:
Airlink is partnering with Uber in the Hurricane Michael response. The ride service is offering free rides (up to $50) for people responding to Michael. The special code provided to Airlink may be used by volunteers traveling to and from the airport or within the communities they are serving. Airlink shared the code with Florida VOAD partners to assist all active organizations and responders with first to last mile transportation needed around Hurricane Michael.
The response efforts in Florida are ongoing and crews continue search and rescue operations in Mexico Beach where 30-35 residents are still unaccounted for.
Thursday, October 11 Update:
Airlink, in partnership with United Airlines, is supporting flights for Operation BBQ Relief volunteers headed to Florida. The OBR teams are setting up mass feeding kitchens to bring warm meals to communities affected by Michael.
Category 4 Hurricane Michael has hit the Florida Panhandle with record breaking force. The strongest storm to ever hit the region, Hurricane Michael is producing sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and could bring storm surges between 9-14 feet tall across Florida's Gulf Coast.
Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Panama City Airports have all suspended services until later this evening or tomorrow morning.
Airlink will work with airline partners and coordinating bodies to facilitate the most appropriate and effective response to the storm, including assessing airport options in neighboring regions unaffected by the storm. We've already begun facilitating flights for two NGO partners.
This is a developing storm and response, please check back for updates.