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Haiti Has Second International Airport to U.S. in Cap Haitien

Jacqueline Charles | MIAMI HERALD   in 
October 10, 2014

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.”


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