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Haitian airline on final approach for Jamaica

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Sunrise Airways, based in Haiti, says that it has entered into the final phase of its application process towards initiating flights to and from Jamaica.

"Our journey to this point has been long, with some minor turbulence endured along the way, but I'm very pleased to say that we are now, indeed, on final approach to spread our wings to Jamaica this fall," said Philippe Bayard, president and owner of Sunrise Airways, in a statement.

Building upon its initial plan to serve the Kingston-Port-au-Prince route, Sunrise Airways said it has "vastly expanded its commitment to the Jamaica market".

"Our current application to the Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority features a total of 25 possible new routes," said Baynard, adding "unique to our plan, Sunrise intends to be the only airline serving all three of Jamaica's international gateways Norman Manley in Kingston, Sangster International in Montego Bay, and Ian Flemming International Airport in Ocho Rios, with overseas flights".

Baynard said the proposed new flights from Jamaica will connect all three of the country's international airports with destinations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

"We see tremendous potential for growth along all of our proposed lines of flying, especially the Jamaica-Cuba routes," he said.

"We're committed to serving more of Cuba and more of Jamaica than any other airline, creating valuable links for foreign commercial and cultural exchange, as well as unique leisure travel options, enabling vacationers to experience the best of both countries in a more seamless fashion," Baynard added.

NEW STANDARD

Sunrise Airways said it will deploy its flagship ATR 42-320 aircraft on its new Jamaica routes.

"With newly refurbished cabins, a maximum seating capacity of 46 seats, in-flight service, on-board lavatory, ample overhead space, legroom, and cargo capacity, Sunrise ATRs are setting a new standard for excellence in Western Caribbean skies," the statement said.

Sunrise Airways said it anticipates receiving final clearance from the Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority by September 1 for the launch of its new Jamaica flights during the fall of 2016.

The first and only Haitian-owned airline to be awarded a Part 129 Operating Permit, Sunrise Airways said it is "rising to meet the progressively expanding demand for safe, reliable and affordable air travel throughout the Western Caribbean, operating daily, scheduled passenger service connecting key gateways across the region with the world".

- CMC