Southwest Airlines to provide OpenLoop healthcare workers free flights to support the fight against COVID-19

Jon LensingApril 15, 20202 minute read

Industry leaders join forces to assist hospitals in need of medical personnel

IOWA CITY, IA and DALLAS, TX – April 7, 2020 — Southwest Airlines is known for putting their “hearts” into action. A national leader in the airline industry, Southwest Airlines has pledged to provide free transportation to healthcare workers deploying to critically understaffed hospitals in support of the fight against COVID-19. “Their dedication to the community and our medical professionals is unprecedented in these unprecedented times,” said Dr. Ali Abtahi, head of physician recruitment and strategic partnerships at OpenLoop. “They have truly gone above and beyond in America’s time of need and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity.”

Since their national campaign in the fight against COVID-19 kicked off on March 30, 2020, has recruited hundreds of medical volunteers from across the country to provide much-needed support to those hospitals affected most by the coronavirus outbreak and has waived fees to more effectively facilitate the process.

“What we’ve seen is a massive outpouring of selflessness from within the medical community, from physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers to medical interpreters, radiology technicians, and lab workers. All are stepping up despite the inherent risks, because we all truly believe in an oath of caring for patients, even in their darkest hour. It’s truly remarkable,” said Dr. Abtahi.

Southwest Airlines has been dedicated to supporting organizations on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. They have collaborated with FEMA, disaster response partners, and the Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP) to offer complimentary cargo transport to support their important work. Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can also inquire directly with Charters and Cargo about COVID-19 relief related shipping opportunities at In addition, Southwest is reallocating donated tickets to transport medical professionals around the country.

You can learn more about their efforts to support the fight against COVID-19 at To learn more about paid and volunteer medical opportunities with OpenLoop, or if you are a healthcare facility in need of support, visit You can also follow updates on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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