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Commercial Flights to Haiti Resumed

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After one month and seven days since the 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, commercial flights at the airport Toussaint Louvertreu in Port au Prince were resumed on Friday.

According to local media news reports, the first flight arriving in Port au Prince was an American Airlines plane coming from Miami of the United States. The American Airlines operates three non-stop daily flights to Haiti.

Two of the flights will leave from Miami's international airport and the other from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport in Florida.

The American Airlines will also offer four flights per week departing from the international airport John F. Kennedy in New York.

Meanwhile, the company American Eagle will start offering flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 12.

According to the National Office of Civil Aviation, despite less favorable conditions at the airport, special preparations have been made to allow resumption of commercial flights due to the urgent need of transportation of humanitarian aid.

The Toussaint Louverture airport is the only international airport in Haiti, which was severely damaged by the earthquake. So far, it has been used only to receive military flights and those with humanitarian aid loads.

(Xinhua News Agency February 20, 2010)

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