Another airline adds Haiti

MIAMI, USA, December 27, 2006 – The Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines, which bills its self as a low-cost carrier, is adding poverty-stricken Haiti to its growing list of Caribbean destinations.

Airline officials this week said they have received approval from the U.S. government to fly to the Rene Preval-led country from Fort Lauderdale.

Ben Baldanza, the airline’s CEO, however told the Miami Herald the carrier was awaiting approval from the Preval administration before it announces an official flight date or fares. The announcement comes despite a travel advisory from the US government that remains in place for Haiti.

American Airlines and Air France are the carriers that fly now from Miami to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.
Spirit, currently serves Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, the Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. And it has plans to fly to Venezuela and St. Marten. (