Medical volunteers can travel free to New York as part of Delta’s support for frontline medical workers fighting COVID-19 in hard-hit areas of the U.S.
The offer for free travel to New York is an expansion of the program Delta launched on April 1 in partnership with Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan. Eligible medical volunteers can book free round-trip Delta flights to the four states, where they will work with
New York is the hardest-hit state in the U.S., and state and local leaders have called for volunteers to help support the region’s medical facilities. Licensed healthcare workers interested in helping in New York should apply through the state’s website.
“New York is at the epicenter of the fight against COVID-19, and we’re working with the state to make sure travel is not a barrier for medical volunteers who want to help,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “We are deeply grateful for Deloitte’s support of this program, and especially for the heroic medical professionals who are working tirelessly and selflessly to keep us all safe.”
Deloitte, the largest professional services firm globally, is assisting in this effort by donating the company’s unused ticket balances to help fund the travel of medical professionals to New York and other areas.
“At Deloitte, we are guided by our purpose to make an impact that matters, and now more than ever, we are called upon to live up to that commitment,” said Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO.
“We are grateful to collaborate with Delta to donate our unused flight credits to help more medical professionals travel to the front lines of this fight – whether it’s travel to New York City or other hotspots.”
Eligibility and Contact Information
Eligibility and volunteer program details are managed by participating states, and state representatives will provide approved participants with instructions on how to make a reservation. Delta is offering the flights during the month of April, and they can be booked up to three days in advance of travel.
Medical volunteers interested in helping in any of the four locations should contact the state offices below to determine their eligibility based on each state’s specific needs.
Georgia: Interested individuals can learn more by reaching out to [email protected].
Louisiana: Contact the Louisiana Hospital Association at [email protected].
Michigan: Volunteers can visit Michigan.gov for more information.
New York: Apply at https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional
Delta’s COVID-19 Response Efforts
In the spirit of social distancing, Delta is blocking middle seats, reducing the number of customers on each flight, pausing automatic advance Medallion complimentary upgrades and more. Keeping Delta people and customers safe during their travel is Delta’s top priority, and Delta is taking many steps to ensure airplanes and facilities are clean. Learn more about how Delta is protecting customers and employees from the moment their travel begins, and get an in-depth look at the aircraft fogging process and the HEPA filters onboard our aircraft.
Delta is also helping in other ways:
- Dispatching idled aircraft on cargo runs to destinations around the world with thousands of pounds of supplies to keep supply chain lines open
- Working closely with the U.S. State Department and other governments to help displaced Americans and citizens of other countries return home.
- Delta Flight Products, the airline’s wholly owned subsidiary, is manufacturing face shields to protect hospital workers.
- Delta is also donating more than 200,000 pounds of food to hospitals, community food banks and other organizations around the world to support people in need as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.