Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013

New Haiti airline to add first international route

HaitiPORT AU PRINCE - A start-up Haitian airline will add its first international route next week.

Sunrise Airways says it will start flying between Cap Haitien on Haiti's northern coast to the Turks and Caicos capital of Providenciales. The flights are scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 26, marking the first international service for the Haitian-owned carrier that began commercial service in November.

Sunrise will operate the route on 19-seat Jetstream 32 EP aircraft. The airline says fares will start about $285 round-trip.

The carrier hopes to begin flying other international routes in the near future that will connect Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince to other nations in the Western Caribbean, according to The Associated Press.

Airline officials talked optimistically about their plans to add international connections from Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere.

"Haiti is moving forward, and Sunrise Airways right along with it," Sunrise Airways president Philippe Bayard says to the Caribbean Journal. "All of us at Sunrise and Haitians everywhere can all take pride in the type of modern, professional airline we're building from the ground up here in Port-au-Prince to enhance air travel options throughout the region."

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