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Haiti welcomes JetBlue

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Haiti is welcoming plans by the United States-based carrier JetBlue Airways to begin offering daily non-stop flights to the impoverished French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Haiti's consul general in New York, in a statement, noted that JetBlue's service would help the local economy and give Haitian-Americans more opportunities to visit their homeland.

The airline said destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean made up nearly a third of its routes. It flies to more than 10 countries, including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Barbados, and The Bahamas.

JetBlue Airways said that it would, from December 5, offer daily nonstop flights to Port-au-Prince from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport and South Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

JetBlue's announcement comes as a new Haitian company said it would launch its operations on May 11 from Nassau, Bahamas, to Port-au-Prince.

The airline, Kombit, will partner with Fort-Lauderdale-based IBC Travel Inc, which currently offers charter services to the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haïtien from Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

As part of the partnership, IBC will enter into a co-share arrangement for its international fights. It is also providing Kombit with Saab 340 turboprops twin-engine turboprop aircrafts for flights between Port-au-Prince and key Haitian cities.