United Airlines CEO Carlos Munoz has given up $1 million from his own money to help the employees who were affected by the wrath of hurricane Harvey which had dreaded Houston and some parts of Texas last week.
Last week, Houston was hit but hurricane Harvey, disrupting routines of thousands of people who were even forced to evacuate from their homes to safer zones. Although the hurricane has passed, the city is still battling against horrendous flooded situations. George Bush Intercontinental Airport of Houston was completely shut down since Sunday and is unlikely to open before Thursday. This has caused loss of millions to airlines companies, especially the Chicago-based American airlines – United Airlines because Houston is their biggest hub after Chicago. The shutdown will hit United Airlines with a loss of at least $265 million in just four days! United Airlines was in headlines earlier – for all wrong reasons, but this time we see the humane side.
Also, United Airlines has over 11,000 employees based in Houston and many of them were affected by hurricane Houston. During hard times, United CEO Carlos Munoz sent out letter to his employees that the airlines will continue to pay employees who were scheduled to work while Houston airports remained closed and also asked to continue to fly in with supplies like food, water and first aid for victims. The airlines have managed to operate some humanitarian flights in and out of Houston with relief supplies, employees and passengers stranded at airports.
Despite facing a major financial blow and little chance to recover the lost money, Carlos Munoz has offered a donation of $1 million from his personal fund to help United Airlines employees affected by the hurricane. United airlines have also urged its customers to raise funds by donating to the relief organisations and pledged to match the first $200,000 in donations and provide up to 3 million bonus frequent flyer miles to customers who contributed through its page on fundraising website CrowdRise. The skies in Houston may still not be clear and the water may not have receded yet, but the willingness to stand together and help has surely felt the hearts with oneness in the times of misery.