American Airlines Resumes Service to Haiti

American Airlines has resumed service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, it announced last week. The airline's first Haiti flight—which departed from Miami International Airport at 6:40 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19—marks the first commercial passenger aircraft into Haiti since the earthquake that devastated the nation on Jan. 12.

"All of us at American Airlines and American Eagle have been eager to restore our normal operations into Haiti," said Peter Dolara, American's senior vice president of Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "These flights serve as major milestones toward helping the country rebuild. With commercial air service restored, we can better connect loved ones and provide consistent transportation to and from Haiti."

American will offer three daily nonstop flights—two from Miami International Airport and one from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport—and will offer one flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport four times per week.

Beginning March 12, American also will launch new service to Haiti aboard its regional carrier, American Eagle, which will fly into Haiti from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The airline will offer one daily nonstop flight as well as two flights through two cities in the Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo and Santiago.

"We have begun our journey to recover from the catastrophic earthquake, but with support from companies like American Airlines, we hope it won't be nearly as long," said Ralph Latortue, consul general of Haiti in Florida for the Southern U.S. "We are very grateful to American Airlines and American Eagle for their continued commitment to Haiti. Not only are they the first passenger airlines to return to Haiti, they were the first commercial airlines to start bringing relief supplies to help our people."