This is to illustrate the inaugural flight of American Airlines #1632, which took place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and landed in the City of Cap-Haitian, Haiti for the first time. That was a historical day for the population in the North of the country as they celebrated this day that they have been waiting for.
On hand for the event was President Michel Martelly, who flew into Miami where the flight would originate the night before. He was met in Cap-Haitien by the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, the Minister for Tourism, Stephanie Villedrouin, Venezuelan Ambassador to Haiti, Pedro Antonio Canino Gonzalez and Vice President of American Airlines, Art Torno, among others.
The celebration involved a ceremony at the airport following the successful landing, at which the President stated that the feat had been long in coming. He cited that governments had been trying to achieve this since 1952.
The Venezuelan gift that keeps on giving, the Petrocaribe deal, has made it possible for a dream long-held by some to be realized in the North of Haiti in particular, the city of Cap-Haitien specifically. It is the dream of having more than just domestic flights linking the North to the rest of the world; it is the dream of having international flights land at the Hugo Chavez International Airport in Cap-Haitien.
Still, the story isn't about Petrocaribe, except that some of the funds saved by the government from the oil deal were used for the renovation necessary to make the dream a reality. The price was $30 million, the work done the extension of a runway and the building of a fire station (still being done) as well as the remodeling of the interior of the airport.
Here is a picture of the original Cap-Haitian Airport before it was fully restored and renovated
With its new, longer and wider runway, plus other amenities added in preparation for the airport's renovation and subsequent acceptance of commercial flights from an international carrier in Cap-Haitien, the Hugo Chavez airport welcomed the likes of the nation's President and Minister of Tourism among its first guests. The airport boasts a fully renovated and restored facade, to be further equipped by a fire station, and a 8,500 feet by 138 feet runway. Other amenities will be provided at the hosted terminals for IBC Airways, Sunrise Airways, interCaribbean Airways and Tortug'Air.
American Airlines (AA) has begun to schedule daily non-stop service from Miami International Airport to Cap-Haitien's Hugo Chavez International Airport.
AA executive Art Torno said the new route will play a key role in helping ". . . to develop the north coast and open up this historically significant destination."
Passengers flying out of Cap-Haitien on Boeing 737-800s will be able to connect to dozens of destinations in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Cap-Haitien Airport was re-named Hugo Chavez International Airport (HCIA) to show appreciation to deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's support of Haiti during its tough periods. He gave over $1 billion to help Haiti, and the country has never forgotten his legacy.
HCIA links Haiti to Miami, Providenciales, and Cibao International Airports and other regional air carriers.
The Venezuelan government is helping fund a renovation of HCIA and began repaving a concrete runway in 2012, completed in 2013.
Here is a picture of the first official flight to Cap-Haitian by American Airlines. It took place on October 2, 2014 and on board were President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Haiti Minister of Tourism, Stephanie Villedrouin and many more
After the celebration inside of the new Cap-Haitian airport, president Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe took ot to the streets of the city and were followed by several thousands of people
A historic day yes in deed. You are looking at the first flight of American Airlines to the city of Cap-Haitian. Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe were on board to celebrate the opening of the First American Airlines flight to Cap-Haitian
Haiti and Venezuela to Renovate Cap-Haitien Airport
Prime Minister Lamothe said Cap-Haitien International Airport has been re-named Hugo Chavez International Airport after the late Venezuelan president, a generous benefactor of Haiti. He gave over $1 billion to aid the country and his memory lives on in the hearts of Haitians.
Haiti and Venezuela have inked a deal to renovate the airport. Construction carried out by Haitian contractors with oversight by a Cuban-Venezuelan company. A runway has already been completed.
Here is a picture of the first American Airlines First Flight to the city of Cap-Haitian. This took place in September 2, 2014. Following the ceremony, President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe took the celebration to the city. A huge crowd of people continue to follow them as they walk throughout the city
Here is a huge crowd of people in Cap-Haitian following the Haitian President in the streets of streets of the city. They some what shoe their appreciation for bringing American Airlines to the City.
Starting September, 2, 2014 American Airlines will begin a long journey with the population of Cap-Haitian. They will provide a daily non-stop flight between Miami International Airport and Cap-Haitian Airport, also known as Hugo Chavez International Airport