Re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tion Air­link in­tro­duces Gov­er­nors Coun­cil

Coun­cil mem­bers have com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing Air­link’s mis­sion and the live-sav­ing role that avi­a­tion plays in hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief

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Air­link, a global rapid-re­sponse disas­ter and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tion, re­cently wel­comed se­nior avi­a­tion ex­ec­u­tives to its newly formed Gov­er­nors Coun­cil.

The pur­pose of Air­link is to mo­bilise the avi­a­tion in­dus­try to en­sure as­sis­tance reaches com­mu­ni­ties im­pacted by dis­as­ters and other hu­man­i­tar­ian rises.

Coun­cil mem­bers have com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing Air­link’s mis­sion and the live-sav­ing role that avi­a­tion plays in hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief.

The coun­cil will be led by Peter Davies, founder of Air­line Man­age­ment Group and chief re­struc­tur­ing of­fi­cer for South African Air­ways.

Com­ment­ing on the newly formed coun­cil, Davies shared: “Nav­i­gat­ing the com­plex­i­ties of hu­man­i­tar­ian lo­gis­tics re­quires a well-sup­ported ef­fort. We are thrilled to have some of avi­a­tion’s top lead­ers lend their ex­per­tise and in­flu­ence to fur­ther our abil­ity to de­liver re­lief to vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties.”

Since be­ing founded back in 2010, Air­link has sup­ported more than 80 aid or­gan­i­sa­tion part­ners in trans­port­ing their re­spec­tive re­lief work­ers and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid free-of-charge or at a dis­counted rate, to com­mu­ni­ties in need across the world.

Sup­ported by more than 40 air­lines and nu­mer­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions, foun­da­tions and in­di­vid­ual donors, Air­link has re­port­edly trans­ported more than 5,000 re­lief work­ers and three mil­lion pounds of air cargo to 75 dis­as­ters and other hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions, to date.

“Sup­port­ing Air­link through the Gov­er­nors Coun­cil is an hon­our and gives me, and the whole Copa team, an op­por­tu­nity to bring re­lief to those need­ing it most,” said Pe­dro Heil­bron, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Copa Hold­ings.

“I also feel com­mit­ted to the im­por­tant hu­man­i­tar­ian role Air­link plays, im­prov­ing ac­cess for the re­spon­ders, and help­ing com­mu­ni­ties in their re­silience process fol­low­ing crises.”

The rapid-re­sponse disas­ter and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tion is made up of many part­ner air­lines in­clud­ing Emi­rates.

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