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Haiti earthquake updates

14-Jan-2010 12:49 PM

Haiti’s Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport is reportedly damaged, but useable following an earthquake just off of Port-au-Prince on 12-Jan-2010 (AFP, 13-Jan-2010). The airport’s runway is usable, but the control tower reportedly does not have communications capability.

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have cancelled services to/from Haiti following an earthquake on 12-Jan-2010 (Reuters, 13-Jan-2010). The carriers did not state when they would resume services. The earthquake occurred during boarding of American Flight 1908, which departed with 49 passengers and 11 crew - one of the last flights out of the disaster zone.

JetBlue announced (13-Jan-2010) plans to waive change fees and fare differences to allow customers booked to travel to, from or through Puerto Plata, Santiago or Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on 13-Jan-2010 to voluntarily rebook their travel through 15-Jan-2010, due to the earthquake's impact on the island. [more]

Spirit Airlines stated it has reached out to disaster relief resources and agencies to help in transporting staff and supplies to the quake zone. American Airlines and American Eagle are partnering with the American Red Cross to provide aid. It called on AAdvantage members to help by donating to the Red Cross, and donations will help the not-for-profit organszation provide shelter, food and other assistance to earthquake victims. Starting on 14-Jan-2010, AAdvantage members can earn a one-time award of 250 bonus AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of USD50 or 500 bonus miles for a donation of USD100 or more to the American Red Cross until 28-Feb-2010.