Supporting the Front Lines

Delta expands offer for free medical volunteer travel to New York.


Delta has joined brands across the globe to support health and community organizations. They are continuing to utilize their resources to get critical supplies to places that need it most. Delta is flying medical volunteers free of charge to some of the hardest-hit areas in the U.S., and supporting the communities in which we live, work and serve.


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 state and local government offices to deploy to hospitals in the area. Delta continues to consider expanding this program as needed.

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.”


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 employees and customers safe during their travel is Delta’s top priority. The airline is taking many steps to ensure airplanes and facilities are clean by implementing aircraft fogging processes and HEPA filters onboard their aircrafts.

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.

To learn more about Delta’s efforts, please visit: https://news.delta.com/supporting-front-lines-delta-expands-offer-free-medical-volunteer-travel-new-york