Release #: 17.51
October 04, 2017

Statement on ALPA Pilots Assisting in Recent Hurricane Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) president Capt. Tim Canoll issued the following statement today after the latest efforts by ALPA pilots to assist in the aftermath of recent hurricanes that caused massive damage and displaced citizens across Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico:

“Over the past several weeks, there have been numerous examples of pilots, airlines, and aviation employees working together to provide support to those impacted by hurricanes and flooding. The latest example took place today at Newark International Airport, where United Airlines pilots volunteered their time to fly a humanitarian mission composed of over 300 specialized union volunteers, as well as much-needed supplies, to Puerto Rico in order to assist in efforts to rebuild the U.S. territory.

“ALPA’s United pilots were instrumental in orchestrating this important flight, along with the AFL-CIO, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. I salute them all for their collective efforts and commitment to their fellow Americans.

“Every day, pilots usher passengers and cargo safely to destinations around the world, and during difficult times like these it’s heartening to see that professionalism and experience bring support and supplies to areas in need.

“We are grateful for all the ALPA pilots at numerous airlines who have dedicated their time and resources recently, and applaud their continuing efforts to lift up our profession and each other.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 57,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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