Allegiant Airlines is offering free flights to and from Las Vegas for anyone affected by Sunday’s mass shooting, the deadliest on record in modern U.S. history.
In a post on Facebook, Allegiant officials wrote that they want to help people after the deadly attack in the city the company calls home.
“Las Vegas is Allegiant’s hometown, and on this tragic day we are heartbroken but gratified to see the world rally around our community with so much support and love,” they wrote.
For those needing help, the airline asks that people email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hilarie Grey, a spokeswoman for Allegiant, said the airline has booked several flights since announcing their intent to help Monday morning.
She declined to provide numbers regarding how many free flights have been booked to protect the families’ privacy.
Grey added that the airline is helping those families flying to Las Vegas find hotel accommodations at no cost.
“Las Vegas is our hometown and that is part of the reason we felt so strongly and wanted to do something to help by reaching out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy over the weekend,” Grey said.
She said of the company’s 4,000 employees, about 1,500 are stationed in the Las Vegas area.
A list of routes for Allegiant flights can be found on their website. The airline operates out of Mascoutah at MidAmerica Airport and currently flies to eight destinations from Southern Illinois, including Las Vegas.
Grey declined to comment on whether any free flights have been booked out of the Southern Illinois airport.
The airline is also waiving fees this week for anyone with plans to travel to or from Las Vegas, according to Grey.
The spokeswoman noted that a number of Allegiant employees were at the country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip when Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the crowd.
Several attendees fleeing the guns shots climbed a fence at the nearby airport, Grey said. Allegiant took some of those people in and cared for them at a maintenance facility during the shooting.
Allegiant helped victims’ families in a similar fashion last year after the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting occurred.