Friday, February 19, Air Caribbean confirms his return for Wednesday, February 24, 2010
In a press statement released this Thursday, February 18, 2010, the airline specialist in the French West Indies was that in "pending the availability of its next long-haul direct discourses (to Paris, Ed), Air
Caribbean offers its customers two flights weekly
Pointe-à-Pitre Port-au-Prince, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Air France and Air Canada should also resume their flights February 19, it was said in circles close to the travel industry, but no official note of these companies confirms that back in the skies of Haiti.
"Three companies have announced an imminent return, but he will wait and see. I visited the facilities of the International Airport, I saw what puzzles me. When the planes come, they will ...», insists a travel agent eager to sell tickets.
The lady who works in the industry for twenty years the opportunity to denounce an increase incomprehensible rates charged by American Airlines. "American offers tickets to more than one thousand U.S. dollars for a Port-au-Prince to Miami and back (starting February 24, return March 1). This is unheard of in economy class, "she said.
On the New York section of Port-au-Prince, the company, which had before the earthquake more than 65% of local market does for the moment, only four flights a week from Thursday to Sunday.
"The company boosted prices by minimizing the number of seats available. Haiti is experiencing exceptionally high season because of all those who want to go and thousands of people who in one way or another, come into the country. American, which offers high season, two daily flights to New York, 14 flights a week, we offer 4. It's inexplicable, "indignant does.
For an expert on airport "whenever there is a large influx of people who want to leave at the same time, rates give the impression of flying. It's an impression. In reality, the first sweep from low prices. For latecomers who want to leave at any price, there are only classes of service the highest. It's a simple principle in the air. Quick Tip: If you're not absolutely forced to leave, shift your trip one or two weeks, see other airlines and the fare will be softer.
Asked on Thursday on rumors that do believe that some companies were given priority over others in the case of resumption of commercial flights, the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications Engineering Jacques Gabriel, into perspective and states that " the opening of the airport is a gradual process. "
"The leadership of the National Airports Authority - the body which manages the airport and faces constraints caused damage of the earthquake of 12 January on the buildings - was given initially, the priority companies which represent 70% of traffic ", the minister said Gabriel.
"As and when the safety work and upgrading will be made, other airlines will resume operation of the destination" was still the minister said,
"The reopening of the commercial traffic will gradually, without exclusion," promised the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications.
Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English Translation