Delta Airlines To End Daily Service From New York To Port-Au-Prince After April 25

As per recent announcement by the Delta Airline to the Haitian Times on March 27 2015, the airline will no longer continue its daily service between New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport and Port-au-Prince. However, the Saturday service of the Atlanta-based carrier will continue until April 25. Although, the airline authority has confirmed its commitment to Haiti, but, due to a decreased demand, they have to reduce the number of flights to Port-au-Prince. New York travelers can connect the Haitian capital via daily Atlanta-Port-au-Prince service, which was inaugurated back in April 07, 2012. Delta Airlines had launched its nonstop daily service between New York's JFK Airport and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 20, 2009, for the first time in about 50 years.


Haiti's strong opportunity for tourism growth, which was marked by this major expanded airline service seems to have an adverse impact such withdrawal. Currently, JetBlue Airways serves Port-au-Prince with daily non-stop service from JFK and twice-daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. They will begin Boston's Logan International Airport to Port au Prince from June 17 onward.

However, the statistics reveal that the number of visitor arrival in 2014 was 1,127,577, a 10.8% more by the previous year figure. A report from Caribbean Journal dated December 16, 2014 suggests that as per Haitian Ministry of Tourism's report, in the last year's third-quarter numbers, there was a 21.1% increase in tourist arrivals in the year 2014. The government also released a study report with finding that the average tourist spends US$160 per day in Haiti, with an average length of stay of three days and overall, stay over visitors contributed US$174. 2 million in the first nine months of the year.

The government is optimistic with its initiatives towards the large scale tourism infrastructural development programs like, hotel accommodation, transportation and development of the existing tourism sites such as oil-à-Vache, Côtes-de-Fer, Ile de la Tortue, Jacmel, Côte des Arcadins and Cap-Haïtien. The government is also encouraging celebrities to visit the country.

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