Hurricanes Irma and Maria

As food and water shortages, lack of medical supplies, and damaged infrastructure plagued Caribbean communities hard hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria, Airlink, LIFT, Patient Airlift Services (PALS) and Rescue Globateamed up to deliver large amounts of humanitarian aid to those in need.

The Operation Airlift Caribbean partnership worked with commercial air carriers, general aviation assets and dozens of aid organizations to deliver food, medical supplies, emergency shelter and equipment providing access to clean water, sanitation, electricity and telecommunications. The two-stage “air bridge” first transported emergency supplies between the US and staging areas, including San Juan, PR. From there, smaller aircraft and boats carried the supplies to several islands.


More than 130 relief workers and 122,000 pounds of emergency supplies have been moved to Caribbean communities through Airlink, which continues to support the transportation needs of its partners still responding.


Airlink also assisted organizations responding to Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.


Related Links

Story: Operation Airlift Caribbean Underway to Help Irma and Maria Survivors

Flight Announcement: Airlink and United Move Three Tons of Medical Supplies to St. Thomas

Air Cargo World: Logistics nonprofits provide timely U.S. Virgin Island response to Irma

News Release: Airlink Lands Partners in Position to Help Irma Survivors

E-Newsletter: Caribbean Hurricane Relief Efforts 10/2