Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has announced that 75 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP), with the total impact reaching 100 facilities in 2017, the airline said.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary the airline´s MTGP, Southwest will donate 10,000 roundtrip flights in 2017 to benefit families who need to travel for specialized medical care, and to help reduce the financial burden of serious illness on individuals and families.
Southwest is partnering with Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities across the country. As part of the celebration of Southwest´s MTGP milestone anniversary, MOC will perform special concert performances for Southwest customers to enjoy at Los Angeles (LAX), Nashville (BNA), and Atlanta (ATL) airports.
Since the MTGP´s inception in 2007, more than 59,000 complimentary roundtrips, valued at more than USD 23m, have been distributed to organizations in 28 states. To date, there have been 109 total participating nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Its 53,000 employees serve more than 100 million customers annually. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 704 Boeing 737 aircraft.