Haiti commercial flights restart Friday


FORT WORTH, Texas — On Friday, commercial passenger jets will return to Haiti.

American Airlines said its first passenger flight to Haiti since the earthquake on Jan. 12 will depart from Miami, leaving at 6:40 a.m. EST and arriving at Port-au-Prince at 8:35 a.m.

These flights serve as major milestones toward
helping the country rebuild, said Peter Dolara, American’s senior vice
president of Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. With commercial air service restored, we can better connect loved ones and provide consistent transportation to and from Haiti.

American said it will offer three daily nonstop flights, two from Miami and one from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as well as one flight from New York’s JFK Airport four times a week.

American said the carrier, along with American Eagle, has flown 30 relief missions to Haiti since the quake, transporting workers, medical personnel and 400,000 pounds of aid. The flights also have evacuated 700 people.

And to date, American’s AAdvantage members have donated $1.4 million to the American Red Cross to help in relief efforts, the company said.

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