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Flights To Haiti Suspended

Airlines cancel flights to Haiti, uncertain when commercial service will resume

Marnie Hunter  Jan 13, 2010

Airlines are uncertain about when commercial service to disaster-ravaged Haiti will resume. Carriers have cancelled Wednesday flights in and out of the capital Port-au-Prince.

American Airlines cancelled its five Wednesday round-trip flights. The airline is allowing passengers to change Haiti travel plans without penalty for up to 30 days, spokesman Tim Smith said in an e-mail.

"The airport tower is badly damaged, and while I don't know the precise status of the runway, flights (including ours and Air France's) did make it out last night," Smith said. The airline does not know when it will resume Haiti operations.

iReporter Omar Dakwala was waiting at the Port-au-Prince airport for an American Airlines flight to Miami, Florida, when the quake struck. Part of the ceiling fell in, and he was thrown to the ground. He said he was not injured.

Passengers were ushered out of the damaged building to wait on the tarmac, and after about two hours, the flight took off for Miami, he said.

Spirit Airlines, which operates one flight a day between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Port-au-Prince also cancelled Wednesday's flights, according to its Web site.

Customers with reservations for travel to, from or through Haiti between Wednesday, January 13, and Sunday, January 17, may rebook their travel without penalty, provided the new departure is on or before February 7. The airline will waive the change fee for travelers who move their travel beyond February 7, but it will charge for any difference in fare.

The airline plans to resume service as soon as the airport in Port-au-Prince reopens.

"At this time we don't know when we'll be able to get flights in and out," Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said via e-mail.

Spirit plans to assist in transporting disaster relief workers and equipment to Haiti as soon as it is able to operate flights to the island, according to a statement on its Web site. American Airlines also is working on coordinating humanitarian efforts, Smith said.

Delta Air Lines has canceled its only flight Wednesday in and out of Port-au-Prince from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. There are no details on when the airline will resume commercial service, spokesman Anthony Black said.

JetBlue Airways does not fly into Haiti, but the airline is waiving change fees and fare differences for passengers scheduled to fly into neighboring Dominican Republic on Wednesday. The airline's operations in the Dominican Republic have not been disrupted, but customers who don't feel comfortable flying today can rebook, spokeswoman Alison Croyle said.

Passengers who were scheduled to fly to, from or through Puerto Plata, Santiago or Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday may cancel without penalty and receive a full refund or reschedule to fly Thursday or Friday with no fees, Croyle said.

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