It goes without saying that members of our medical community are the true heroes when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak that continues to spread across the world. In an effort to support their tireless work, Delta Airlines is offering medical professionals free flights to “critical areas” in the United States impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to Delta’s website, eligible medical volunteers will be able to book round-trip Delta flights free of charge to Georgia, Louisiana, and Michigan, where they will work in coordination with the state and local government offices to be deployed to hospitals in areas hardest hit by the virus.
“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,” said Bill Lentsch, Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer. “Air travel plays a significant role in making connections in both good and challenging times, and our hope is that offering free travel gives more of these professionals the ability to help in critical areas of the U.S.”
The flights will be offered during the month of April and can be booked up to three days in advance of travel. Although currently, the program is only available to three states, Delta says it is looking to expand its free service to medical professionals heading to other regions of the nation — including California, New York, and Washington.
Medical volunteers interested in this program should contact the state offices below to determine their eligibility based on each state’s specific needs. Once eligible candidates are identified, Delta will work with the state and local government offices to make flight reservations.
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.