Published on : Saturday, April 4, 2020
United Airlines has recently decided to partner with New York City. The new partnership would enable the carrier to provide free round-trip flights for medical volunteers who are fighting against the coronavirus pandemic from the frontline. United Airlines has planned to arrange all travel plans for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are treating COVID-19 patients from across the country.
The carrier is working alongside Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and a network of medical volunteer organizations, including The Society of Critical Care Medicine to arrange the flights. Bill de Blasio, Mayor, New York City mentioned in a statement that healthcare workers are heroes of the country and the partnership with United will ensure the arrival of healthcare professionals from across the country. He said these medical professionals can help New York City during the present moment of grave crisis.
Jill Kaplan, President, New York, and New Jersey, United Airlines added that the airline is grateful for the extraordinarily capable and selfless healthcare workers, tirelessly working with immense commitment to support the communities at the hour of need. She shared that the airline aims to provide air travel at zero cost in order to make dedicated volunteers and healthcare professionals reach the Tri-State Area, which has been harshly affected by the coronavirus disease.
United Airlines has joined hands with local government agencies and their non-profit partners to ensure that hospitals are staffed with qualified medical professionals. The airline also focuses to give these workers proper housing and transportation so that they can offer their expert services without facing any basic hindrance. It has also collaborated with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers who have offered their support in the crucial time.
United has planned to expand this program to additional areas in the Tri-State Area and beyond. This would enable more volunteers to offer their key services in places that require maximum help.