Haiti Has Second International Airport to U.S. in Cap Haitien
History arrived at 11:42 a.m. — one hour and 44 minutes after takeoff from Miami International Airport and 62 years after the first stone was laid for Haiti’s second international airport.
On Thursday, after several presidents, a fallen dictatorship, a coup, de facto government and several foreign interventions later, Haiti finally realized the dream.
An American Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 150 passengers was the first major airliner to land in Cap-Haïtien after it circled the historic Haitian city twice. As it glided smoothly down the new 7,500-foot runway, there was thunderous applause from those aboard.
“This is so big,” Haitian President Michel Martelly said, “that I feel for Port-au-Prince. It’s like Port-au-Prince is losing some of the business.”