Air Canada announced it will be donating CAD $10 for every booking made on aircanada.com to support Ukraine relief aid, with a total donation of up to CAD $250,000. According to the carrier, this CAD $250,000 donation will complement the CAD $170,000 contribution recently made by Air Canada’s employees and the Air Canada Foundation to the Canadian Red Cross and other charities, as well as the ongoing humanitarian aid destined to Poland and Ukraine transported through Air Canada Cargo.
Additionally, Aeroplan Members may donate Aeroplan points at Ukrainian Relief Fund, with 100 per cent of points to be redistributed to various charitable organizations supporting relief efforts for Ukrainian refugees as well as providing critical aid to those in need.
Customers may also elect to donate further to the Air Canada Foundation which will focus donations to registered organizations in their work supporting the people of Ukraine.
“Together with our employees, our hearts are firmly in solidarity with Ukraine’s people in need. We will be donating up to $250,000 towards Ukraine relief aid, complementing the donations made last week by our employees and the Air Canada Foundation. It is clear the scale of this extraordinary worldwide crisis requires combined efforts and to collectively enable additional global humanitarian support, we have made it possible for Aeroplan Members to donate points towards Ukraine relief. We also remain in close contact with various stakeholders to determine how Air Canada and its employees can support Ukrainian people further, including those coming to Canada,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.
In addition to Air Canada’s initiatives detailed above, its support for Ukrainian relief aid to date includes:
- On 09MAR, an Air Canada-operated humanitarian special cargo flight, on behalf of Airlink and other aid partners, transported hospital beds, humanitarian and medical supplies to Warsaw, Poland and medicines destined for Lviv, Ukraine;
- Ongoing transportation of medical supplies to Europe with final destination of Ukraine; and
- Transportation of rapid response teams to scale up operations in Europe to help arriving Ukrainian families.
In addition, Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo are able to accept requests for free or discounted transport of shipments including excess baggage waivers from registered charitable organizations only. Individuals who wish to contribute supplies or other forms of aid are requested to work directly with a registered organization.