Airlines Provide Free Flights to Colorado Shooting Victims and Families

An air travel industry group is reporting that at least three airlines are offering or already providing assistance to families of the victims of the July 20 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed in the horrific incident and more than 50 were injured when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora movie theater. The alleged shooter was later identified as James Holmes and now faces murder charges.

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Frontier, Southwest, United Donate Flights

According to reports, United Airlines has already flown 25 relatives to one of the victim’s funerals in Denver, which is just a few miles west of Aurora. Southwest has said it is working to “accommodate [the families’] needs.” Also said to be donating flights is Frontier Airlines which is based in Denver. United has a hub in Denver, and it is a focus city for Southwest.

None of these carriers mentions the donations on their websites or in press releases, and it may be that others are also quietly offering help to the victims.

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Other Victim Donations

The tickets and other details involving the victim flights is being handled by the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, a non-profit group based in Denver. According to its website, the group was asked by the Aurora Police Department to coordinate all donations. These now include donations of money, and there are numerous reports that some of the hospitals overseeing treatment of the survivors have reduced or waived their costs.

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Published: July 31, 2012