October 2, 2014 | 12:18 pm | Print
Above: the American Airlines flight landing in Cap-Haitien
By the Caribbean Journal staff
American Airlines has officially begun its first-ever service to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
The carrier’s first daily flight touched down in Cap-Haitien on Thursday morning, with Haiti President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin all in tow.
The new flight could be a boon for Haiti’s renewed tourism hopes; Cap-Haitien is close to the home of one of the Caribbean’s most famous historical sites, Haiti’s National History Park, which has been largely off the radar of travelers for decades.
Above: the new look at Cap-Haitien airport
The Cap -Haitien airport has been undergoing extensive renovations ahead of the new American Airlines service.
“The construction of the Cap-Haitien international airport represents a turning point in the socioeconomic reality of [Northern Haiti],” Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said in a statement. “A new portal open to the world. A dream come true.”
Cap-Haitien becomes American’s second destination in Haiti, along with the capital, Port-au-Prince.
With help from Kathryn A. Wolfe, Kevin Robillard and Erica Martinson
EBOLA’S IMPACT ON AVIATION: As more details surface about the first patient diagnosed with Ebola Virus in the U.S. — including that he probably traveled through Washington via Dulles International Airport — airlines are trying to ease fears from concerned travelers and investors worried about how the news will affect the financial market. Kathryn has more: “Federal health authorities have said the patient’s trek originated in Liberia — one of several African countries suffering from the fast-spreading Ebola Virus outbreak — but posed no danger to fellow passengers because he had yet to become contagious. Customs and Border Protection officers are watching for signs of the disease in U.S.-bound travelers, with help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, airline crews are getting reminders about standard procedures for dealing with infected passengers — including tools like gloves, goggles and antimicrobial wipes.”
What the airlines are doing: “The airline industry was trying to tamp down the fears Wednesday, including stressing the fact that Ebola Virus is not airborne. Airlines ‘that fly to affected countries remain in steady contact with government agencies and health officials, and have procedures in place to monitor and quickly respond to potential health concerns,’ said Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman
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Cruises feature three days and nights at Hamilton
Seattle, Wash., June 19, 2014 – Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., six departures will sail in May, June and July, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton, the country’s capital known for its gorgeous beaches and abundance of golf courses.
Carrying just 1,350 guests, Veendam offers an ideal mid-size ship experience in Bermuda that enables the vessel to dock at Hamilton in the center of town. The seven-day voyages spend a day at sea after departing Boston and arrive at Hamilton mid-day with enough time for guests to go ashore and enjoy the town. The ship then spends three nights alongside, where guests can experience local nightlife and dine ashore, if desired. Veendam departs Bermuda in the afternoon of the final day in Hamilton, with a day at sea before arriving back at Boston.
“We know our guests will be excited to see us cruise again to Bermuda in 2015,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest relations. “By extending the call to three nights, guests can have extensive time to experience the island while still enjoying the award-wining service and amenities that Holland America Line is known for.”
With three days in port, guests will have multiple opportunities to experience Hamilton’s British charm, cultural heritage sites and world-renowned beaches on a variety of shore excursions. From the ship, guests can take a short walk to Front