United Air, Delta Donate Flights for Reunited Immigrant Families
(Bloomberg) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. are offering free flights for immigrant families detained and separated under President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” crackdown on illegal border crossings.
The airlines are providing vouchers for one-way domestic service so that parents and children that have been released can travel to sponsors or relatives in the U.S. A federal court ordered the government to reunite the families by July 26. After that, the families are responsible for any transportation costs.
“United is in a unique position to provide badly needed support that few can provide to help reunify these families, and we take pride in doing our part to connect people and unite the world,” the Chicago-based airline said in a statement. Delta said it was “providing travel assistance to help charitable organizations working to reunite children with their parents.”
“All of these airplane tickets are same day or 24 hours out, they’re incredibly expensive,” FWD.us president Todd Schulte said.
United, American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. asked the federal government last month not to use their aircraft to transport children that were being separated from their parents.
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