Last week, Hurricane Harvey hit the city of Houston, its surrounding cities and parts of the Texas and Louisiana gulf coasts. This category 4 storm was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since 2005, and prompted a state of emergency, mandatory evacuations, flooding and a devastating loss of property.
U.S. airlines worked with passengers prior to the storm’s landfall to rebook flights and issue waivers for affected travelers. Once the storm had passed, airlines worked to resume normal operations as quickly as possible and enacted special programs and partnerships to provide relief to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Alaska Airlines donated $100,000 to the Red Cross and an additional 1 million miles to support disaster relief. Alaska Airlines proudly partners with the American Red Cross, Airlink, Airline Ambassadors and AngelWest to transport relief volunteers at no charge.
Alaska Airlines has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and offering additional support to relief organizations to assist in helping victims of Hurricane Harvey, a devastating storm that hit the Houston region Friday night and continues to batter the city with heavy rain and floods.
Thanks to their generous passengers and employees, American Airlines has raised over $1 million through 4,946 individual contributions for the American Red Cross. As an incentive to raise even more, AAdvantage members will earn 10 miles for every dollar donated through Sept. 24. The American team also operated a rescue flight to Houston, filled with 2,000 pounds of relief supplies for victims of this devastating storm.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) September 1, 2017
FedEx has committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through their partnerships with American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.
— FedEx News (@FedExNews) August 29, 2017
Hawaiian Airlines is a proud partner with Airlink and the American Red Cross and by the end of 2017, will match up to 500,000 miles for participating charities. To support victims of natural disaster, passengers can donate their HawaiianMiles at the site below.
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To assist with relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, JetBlue works closely with the American Red Cross and Americares to ensure that donations go directly to those in need. To assist with relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, TrueBlue members can donate points and JetBlue will match up to 250,000 TrueBlue points through Sept. 30. JetBlue is also matching internal employee donations.
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) August 29, 2017
Southwest Airlines has donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross, specifically for Hurricane Harvey relief, and is ensuring that their other humanitarian partners, including Team Rubicon and All Hands Volunteers have the resources they need. Southwest has also evacuated more than 500 people from Houston Hobbyon humanitarian flights and is even supporting a humanitarian pet lift for displaced pets in the area.
A heartfelt thank you from our Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly and an update on Southwest Operations related to Harvey. https://t.co/kZRKqlisXF
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 1, 2017
United Airlines has donated over $2 million to Harvey relief so far, and operated humanitarian flights throughout the week following the devastation. On one flight alone, United transported 45,000 pounds of supplies, including water, blankets, snacks, toilet paper, amenity kits and portable wheelchairs. United also partnered with MillerCoors to deliver 300,000 cans of drinking water and CEO Oscar Munoz delivered meals to employees impacted by the storm.
— United (@united) September 3, 2017
UPS has pledged to donate over $1 million to Hurricane Harvey efforts through the UPS Foundation to help aid those impacted by the devastation in Louisiana and Texas. The donation includes cash grants, as well as transportation and technical expertise to ensure that life-saving supplies and long-term necessities are transported efficiently. UPS has also partnered with FEMA, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to ensure that the impacted areas continue to receive the resources they need while homes and businesses are rebuilt.
— UPS (@UPS) August 28, 2017