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Air Canada, Airlink, Flexport.org and GlobalMedic Send Aid to Ukrainian Refugees

One hundred Air Canada employee volunteers packed emergency food kits and other response supplies destined for Ukraine.

Air Canada’s Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft departed Monday night from Toronto to Frankfurt, transporting humanitarian and medical aid on behalf of Airlink, Flexport.org and GlobalMedic. The flight carried aid including medical and trauma supplies, water purification and sanitation kits destined for an area north of Lviv, Ukraine.

Air Canada Employee Volunteers

After the flight arrives, Airlink’s NGO partner GlobalMedic will have response teams manage the distribution of supplies to treat Ukrainian civilians who have been displaced by the conflict, whose homes have been destroyed, and those injured, expanding the capacity of hospitals in border regions to provide care.

“Together with our employees, we are humbled to continue our support for the people affected by the Ukraine crisis. Air Canada employees packed emergency family food kits which are being sent by GlobalMedic, and we are proud to use our freighter to transport 50 tonnes of aid which includes these important response tools together with critical medical and humanitarian supplies for Airlink and Flexport.org quickly to Europe. Airlink’s and GlobalMedic’s infrastructure and teams on the ground meeting our flight then ensure that the shipments get to their destinations right after our flight arrives,” said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada.

Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada

Non-profit disaster logistics expert Airlink exists to help remove the cost of air transportation as a barrier to NGOs responding to disasters and other humanitarian crises. It was able to use its long-term partnership with Air Canada, the coordination provided by the Flexport platform, and support from donors, to secure the cargo-only flight making the delivery of this shipment possible. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Airlink has transported more than 135 tonnes of aid and 221 relief workers for 20 non-profit organizations providing medical care, food, mental health counselling, clean water, and other essentials to Ukrainian refugees.

The second humanitarian cargo flight is Air Canada’s most recent initiative supporting the crisis in Ukraine.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.


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