Airlines resume service to Haiti


    Seven weeks after a devastating earthquake rocked the country, commercial flights are landing in Haiti again.



     

     

     

     

     

     

    Seven weeks after a devastating earthquake rocked the country, commercial flights are landing in Haiti again.


     
    According to
    CNN.com an American Airlines flight touched down in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti this morning. It was supposed to take off from Miami at 7:36 a.m. on Friday, but there was a delay.  The airline stated that it will now regularly schedule flights to Haiti from Florida and New York.


     
    "We’ll start out with three main flights a day from South Florida, two from Miami and one from Fort Lauderdale,” said a rep for American. “Then we’ll also fly a JFK New York flight into Haiti four days a week."


     
    Another flight, this one from Insel Air, also landed in Haiti this morning. Among the passengers onboard was a group of relief workers.
     
    Service to the island nation came to a screeching halt on January 12 when Haiti was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Officials estimate that at least 212,000 people died during the incident. The disaster also destroyed countless buildings, including several structures at Toussaint Louverture International Airport.


     
    Because the main terminal of the airport was leveled, customs agents will work out of a makeshift office in a cargo building.


     
    Finally, American Eagle announced that it will also operate flights to Haiti’s capital Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic starting March 12.


     

     

     

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