United Airlines CEO to donate 1 mln USD to employees affected by Hurricane Harvey

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-31 01:23:37|Editor: yan
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CHICAGO, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- United Airlines Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz has promised to give one million U.S. dollars of his own money to help his employees affected by Hurricane Harvey, local media ABC7 news reported Wednesday.

In a letter to employees, Munoz encouraged working staff to contribute to United Airlines' employee relief fund and pledged to match up to one million U.S. dollars in contributions.

"We know the crisis is far from over. We will be there every step of the way going forward. And we will remain committed long after the skies clear and the waters recede in order to help our communities rebuild, stronger than ever," Munoz said in the letter.

Munoz also said the company would continued to pay employees scheduled to work while Houston's airports remained closed.

The carrier's hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has been closed since Sunday and will not reopen before Thursday afternoon as the city continues to deal with devastating flooding.

The company also encouraged its customers to raise money for a broader public relief effort for Houston, pledging to match the first 200,000 dollars in donations.

United Airlines has about 11,000 employees based in Houston, and the city is its second-largest hub behind Chicago.