Since Hurricane Irma began ravaging the Caribbean, Sunwing has been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of all its customers and employees. As of September 5th, the company has sent over 30 flights to repatriate travellers from destinations under hurricane watch or warning.
Sunwing has once again partnered with Global Medic, a registered charity specializing in rapid response to international disasters, to provide emergency relief and help rebuild communities impacted by Irma. In the early morning of Friday, September 15, Sunwing hosted a humanitarian aid packing event with its employees to send supplies with GlobalMedic to Antigua later that day on a Sunwing flight, which will go towards the over 3000 people affected in Barbuda where 99% of its buildings were significantly damaged. Some of the aid included hygiene kits and enough water purification tablets to Antigua to purify 1.5 million litres of water.
On Sunday, September 10, Sunwing flew a GlobalMedic Rapid Response Team – consisting of two volunteer firefighters, one paramedic and an engineer to St. Maarten with a drone, 756 Hygiene Kits, 200 Family Emergency Kits and two AquaResponse3 Water Purification Systems capable of providing clean drinking water to 2,000 people per day. The team has been working with local authorities to coordinate distributions and also provide aerial imagery to assist with the damage assessment. In addition, Sunwing transported a shipment of P&G Purifier of Water Sachets to Cuba to provide 2.3 million liters of clean drinking water. Flights to Cuba and St Maarten also picked up stranded international tourists including Canadians, American, and Europeans that were unable to leave the island. Sunwing was the first commercial airline to land on the island since the hurricane made landfall there earlier this week
In Cuba, Sunwing also sent rescue flights to Varadero to bring remaining passengers home. Coincident with the rescue flights, Sunwing also sent humanitarian aid such as water purification tablets and hygiene kits in partnership with Global Medic to be distributed to areas most in need.
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