American Airlines made this announcement:
Following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Saturday, American Airlines is partnering with Team Rubicon to offer assistance to the country. Through a donation of 1 million AAdvantage® miles, American will transport first responders and medical professionals as the volunteers deploy to Haiti.
“American is proud to partner with Team Rubicon as their teams fly to Haiti to provide much-needed medical assistance following this devastating earthquake,” said José A. Freig, American’s Vice President of International. “We have a long and proud history in Haiti, with this year marking five decades of service, and we will continue supporting the Haitian community as they work to rebuild and recover.”
American has worked with the veteran-led global disaster response organization, Team Rubicon, since 2017, together providing aid for those affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as supporting their COVID-related relief operations.
“American Airlines’ commitment of 1 million miles following the Haiti earthquake will allow us to rapidly deploy our medical teams to meet the areas of greatest need,” says William Porter, Deputy Director of Operational Support at Team Rubicon. “Flights are the No. 1 cost drivers on our operations so having these miles on hand will allow us to redirect our focus to our impact on the ground.”
American has served Haiti for 50 years, operating daily service to Port-au-Prince (PAP) from Miami (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL), during peak travel season.
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service by leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. Founded following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the organization has grown to almost 150,000 volunteers across the United States and has launched over 800 operations both domestically and internationally. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Team Rubicon has not only pivoted to be able to continue to deliver disaster response and rebuild services in core mission areas but has also expanded their scope of missions to meet community needs brought about by COVID.