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
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.