American Airlines gate at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince.

By Carlotta Mohammed

After providing over 40 years of service to Haitian passengers, American Airlines (AA) is reducing its direct flights to Haiti’s capital.

Beginning Dec. 19, passengers will no longer be able to travel on American Airlines from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport or Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport to Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, according to Laura Masvidal, of Global Communications of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Passengers from JFK Airport will have to take a connecting flight from Miami in order to travel to Haiti.

In August, the U.S.-based carrier announced its decision to cut the number of American Airlines flights to Haiti each day from six to three — including one daily flight from Miami to Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city, according to Masvidal.

“The scheduled change was slated to go into effect Nov. 3, but has been extended until Dec. 19,” said Masvidal.

Dec. 18 will be the last day of service for passengers from JFK Airport and Fort Lauderdale, according to Masvidal.


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