Delta Airlines and JetBlue have stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic; by offering free flights for medical professionals to travel where they’re needed most, amid the COVID-19 crisis.
In recent days, both carriers have proposed the pitch to eligible medical professionals in the national fight against the viral disease. Delta is coordinating round-trip flights, free of charge, for qualified personnel to travel to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, while JetBlue is sending healthcare workers, and desperately needed supplies, to “places where they are needed most”.
In coordination with local and state governments, Delta is flying out eligible medical volunteers to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan to help out in areas “hardest hit” by the virus. Looking ahead, the carrier will consider expanding the effort to other states, that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak, like New York, California and Washington.
We are witnessing the heroic efforts of our medical professionals around the world as they combat COVID-19, and we have deep gratitude for their selfless sacrifice
Bill Lentsch, Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer
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Medical volunteers interested in this program should contact the state offices below to determine their eligibility, based on each state’s specific needs. Eligibility and volunteer program details are being managed by the states, they will be communicated to participants once approved by the states. Once eligible candidates are identified, Delta will work with the state and local government offices to make flight reservations. The flights will be offered during the month of April to start, they can be booked up to three days in advance of travel.
Georgia: Interested individuals can learn more by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louisiana: Contact the Louisiana Hospital Association at LHA-HealthPro@lhaonline.org.
Michigan: Volunteers can visit Michigan.gov for more information.
At JetBlue, the carrier is flying out medical professionals and supplies to “places where they are needed most” amid the ongoing outbreak. The carrier is working with its community nonprofit partners and non-governmental organisations in coordinating the effort, JetBlue Said in a statement.