American Airlines reduces their flight services to Haiti

Published on : Friday, August 16, 2019

Travelers heading for Port-au-Prince from Miami will soon be having lesser number of options.


Starting on Aug. 20, American Airlines is reducing its direct flights from Miami to Port-au-Prince once again, decreasing the flight number from two to one.


The alteration is because of American Airlines’ cancellations of over 115 flights flying everyday due to the ongoing grounding of the Boeing 737 Max jets, said American Airlines spokeswoman Martha Pantin.


The schedule for decreased number of Haiti flight is supposed to last until Nov. 2.
Although not the only airline to fly to Haiti — Air France, Delta, JetBlue and Spirit all fly out of the U.S. — American has been leading player in Haiti travel persistently. At the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, it has its own second floor departure lounge and occupies six check-in reservation counters compared to JetBlue’s four.


Spirit Airlines, which flew its last flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cap-Haitien, the second largest city in the country, on June 18th, explained that turbulence and operational problems were behind its decision to suspend service. “We have not determined a restart date,” spokesman Derek Dombrowski said.


The tourism market of Haiti has been a huge hit since last July. The mass protests and rioting for the first time over a proposed fuel price rise led to temporary cancellations of international flights. After that in February, more anti-government protests and a nine-day closure of the country led the U.S., Canada and France to raise their travel warnings.


The decision encouraged Expedia to remove all Haiti flights and hotels from its site on a temporary basis.


“The more the Haitian community promotes Haiti or travel to Haiti, the more the airlines are reducing flights, canceling flights or overcharging on tickets to Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien airports,” said Wanda Tima, founder of the L’union Suite and the Haitian American, the largest Haitian American social media platforms. “So how are we supposed to boost tourism or vacation home if we keep losing flights and being forced to pay for pricier tickets.”


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