Combined, the deadly quartet of recent hurricanes striking the Western Hemisphere—Irma, Jose, Harvey and Maria—will go down as one of the most intense weather systems ever recorded.
Elsewhere in the world, other natural disasters such as earthquakes and mudslides were also wreaking havoc at the same time, all demanding rapid emergency response.
Through the first week of October, Airlink coordinated the delivery 30 tons of aid to affected parts of the Caribbean
In all such situations, the focus of the world’s attention is on helping the victims.
And aviation is the bridge between devastation and relief. Behind the scenes, Airlink plays a critical role by linking airlines with non-profit aid bodies desperate to move relief supplies.
Through the first week of October, Airlink coordinated the delivery 30 tons of aid to affected parts of the Caribbean.
This includes medicines and medical supplies, food aid and non-food items such as solar chargers, lights, shelter repair materials, hygiene kits, and children’s protection items.
Airlink Executive Director Steven J. Smith says: “Our mission is to mobilize the aviation community in response to natural disasters. In the past month, we have been responding to six disasters on three continents.
"Without the help of our commercial airline partners, some of the world’s most vulnerable people would have gone unaided.”