The 55-year-old piloted his own Boeing 707 from Florida with six tons of ready-to-eat military rations and medical supplies for survivors of Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12 earthquake late Monday.
Travolta compared the mission to aid efforts following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“We were there right away, with this airplane, because you know we have the ability and the means to do this so I think you have responsibility on some level to do that.”
Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, returned to Florida as soon as their supplies and passengers were unloaded.
Meanwhile, organizers for last week’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, backed by George Clooney and Haiti-born rapper Wyclef Jean, on Monday raised the estimated amount of money it raised to more than $61 million, to date.
By comparison, Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, lists the September 11 TV telethon, “A Tribute to Heroes,” as raising around $150 million, and the Hurricane Katrina event, “Shelter from the Storm,” collecting around $40 million in charitable giving.
The two-hour “Hope for Haiti Now” drew an average audience of 24 million viewers in the United States, while an estimated 83 million people, according to The Nielsen Co, saw at least a brief part of the fundraiser carried Friday on 33 TV networks. Organizers will continue taking contributions for six months.