Haiti Reopens Port-Au-Prince Airport Amid Gang Violence

Haiti's main international airport in Port-au-Prince reopened after nearly three months of closure due to gang violence. The reopening aims to alleviate shortages of medications and supplies, with local carrier Sunrise Airways currently operating. US airlines are expected to resume flights by late May or early June.

PTI | Portauprince | Updated: 20-05-2024 22:47 IST | Created: 20-05-2024 22:47 IST
Haiti Reopens Port-Au-Prince Airport Amid Gang Violence
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Haiti's main international airport reopened Monday for the first time in nearly three months after relentless gang violence forced authorities to close it to all traffic in early March.

The reopening of the Toussaint-Louverture airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince is expected to help ease a critical shortage of medications and other basic supplies since the country's main seaport remains paralyzed.

However, only Sunrise Airways, a local carrier, is flying in and out of Port-au-Prince for now. US-based airlines are not expected to start doing so until late May or early June.

The first flight expected was one from Sunrise Airways bound for Miami and scheduled to depart at 2:30 pm EDT.

Before Monday's reopening, the sole airport operating in Haiti was the one located in the north coastal city of Cap-Haitien. However, it was out of reach for many seeking to flee the country since the roads leading from Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitien are controlled by gangs that have opened fire on cars and buses passing through.

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