Emirates today announced its contributions to bushfire relief in Australia. The airline will be donating 10% of all EmiratesRED sales on every flight from January 17 until February 16, 2020 and matching this dollar-for-dollar. The proceeds will go towards the recovery and rebuilding efforts taking place in the communities affected across Australia.
"We are deeply saddened by the bushfires in Australia and the impact they have had on families, communities, wildlife and businesses across the country. There's been an outpouring of support from all over the world for Australia, including from the UAE. At Emirates we'd like to do our part not only through monetary contributions, but also to use our global reach to help to maintain awareness and support, and to drive donations for recovery and rebuilding efforts," said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline
The airline is also supporting its workforce, which includes more than 1,000 Australians, on other employee-led fund-raising initiatives to contribute to the bushfire relief efforts.
Emirates has closed its Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley property in the Greater Blue Mountains. This involved evacuating all guests, staff and animals from the resort to ensure their safety. "Safety is of the utmost importance to us, whether onboard or on the ground and is why we have also taken the decision to close Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley until further notice. We take the situation very seriously and will be closely monitoring any developments," Sir Tim added.
In addition to fundraising, Emirates has been waiving flight change fees for Australian residents who have been affected by the bushfires across the country. The waiver will apply to all residents travelling to or from Australia. Those affected by the bushfires, and who would like more information on how to change their travel booked on Emirates, are encouraged to visit the Emirates website.
The iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building was lit up on Wednesday night in a display of the UAE's support for Australia following the recent bushfires. For more information on the various initiatives in the UAE, check out the #MatesHelpMates campaign hashtag on social media.