US Army Say P-au-P Airport Could Resume Civilian Flights “Within Weeks” – What Does This Mean in Lives Lost?

Posted on January 31, 2010

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Quite a few, I believe.  Just think, it has only been a few weeks since the earthquake and we know many more lives could have been saved if the US  had not been made this a “military” only airport. In addition, while the US administration says the decision to quit transporting seriously injured Haitians to the US is not official policy, it was a decision made by the US military. 

US to help Haiti resume normal airport operations
 
The Associated Press
Saturday, January 30, 2010; 6:50 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — US authorities are working with Haiti’s government to resume civilian flights at the Port-au-Prince airport.

A U.S. Army official tells The Associated Press that some airlines and cargo companies could be back within weeks. He did not give a specific date for the resumption of normal flight activity.

Col. Rick Kaiser says this means military flights will have to be diverted to another airport. He said in an interview Saturday that officials are considering a plan to use the airport in the coastal town of Jacmel.

The Port-au-Prince airport was closed briefly after the Jan. 12 quake and reopened under control of the U.S. military, which has been criticized for allegedly giving priority to military flights.