Commercial traffic returns to Haiti

February 19: The Haitian authorities have announced the partial reopening of Toussaint Louverture International Airport near the capital Port-au-Prince to commercial traffic today.
Commercial flights ended on January 12 when the earthquake hit the small country, killing more than 200,000 people and damaging many of the country´s buildings. The airport was used as the centre of relief airlift operations, temporary air traffic control being provided by the US Air Force.
On reopening to commercial traffic, immigration and customs officials will work out of a cargo facility because of damage to the main terminal. The first airlines expected to fly in will be American Airlines and Air France, the latter having served the country since 1947 without a break.