Toussaint Louverture International Airport

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Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport
IATA: PAPICAO: MTPP
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Office National de l'Aviation Civile
Operator Autorité Aeroportuaire Nationale
Serves Port-au-Prince
Location Tabarre
Elevation AMSL 109 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 18°34′48″N 072°17′33″W / 18.58000°N 72.29250°W / 18.58000; -72.29250Coordinates: 18°34′48″N 072°17′33″W / 18.58000°N 72.29250°W / 18.58000; -72.29250
Website http://pap.aan-haiti.com/
Map
MTPP is located in Haiti
MTPP
MTPP
Location in Haiti
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,040 9,974 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport (French: Aéroport International Toussaint L'Ouverture) (IATA: PAPICAO: MTPP) is an international airport located in Tabarre, near Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The airport is currently the busiest in Haiti.

History[edit]

Facilities[edit]

The main building of the airport works as the International Terminal. It consists of a two-story concrete and glass structure. Lounges and a few retail stores are located on the second floor of the main building. Check-in counters, gates and immigration facilities are on the lower floor. The Guy Malary Terminal (named after former Haitian Justice Minister Guy Malary) is used for domestic flights. There are further buildings used for general aviation and cargo flights. The airport has 3 jet bridges, but most passengers walk onto aircraft from mobile stairs. The ramp area can handle 12 planes.[2]

Runway 10.

Currently, international passengers are transported by bus to a warehouse near the terminal where they go through customs and immigration processing. The jet-ways are still operational. American Airlines still operates check-in, security, and boarding on the west end of the terminal near Gate 1.[3]

The airport is to be re-designed completely by the year 2015. The re-making of the airport is to add 14 gates to the terminal and also the re-making will make the main passenger terminal bigger.[4]

Access[edit]

The airport can be accessed by car (with parking space being located next to the terminal building) or by National Bus Route 1.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

American Airlines
Airlines Destinations
Aero Caribbean Santiago de Cuba[5]
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau
Air Caraïbes Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Paris–Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre, Santo Domingo–La Isabela, Sint Maarten
Air France Miami, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau
Air Turks and Caicos Providenciales
Aerolíneas Mas Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–La Isabela
American Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York–JFK
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Haiti Aviation Miami
Insel Air Curaçao, Miami, Sint Maarten
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
Salsa d'Haiti Cap-Haitien
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunrise Airways Cap-Haitien, Kingston–Norman Manley
Tortug' Air Aruba, Cap-Haitien, Jacmel, Jérémie, Port-de-Paix, Providenciales, Santo Domingo–La Isabela

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Miami
Amerijet International Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo
IBC Airways Miami

Hub operations[edit]

As of July 2011, Toussaint Louverture serves as operating hub for scheduled domestic airlines Salsa d'Haiti and Tortug' Air. Additionally, the charter airline Sunrise Airways is based out of the Port-au-Prince airport. It also serves as a hub for the brand new Haitian airline, Haiti Aviation.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 7 March 1980: A Learjet (N211MB) operating on a corporate charter flight on behalf of 'Merchant Bank' crashed in the hills on arrival at airport. One passenger and two crew members died.[6]
  • 12 July 1980: A Douglas C-47 crashed on approach, killing all three people on board. The aircraft was being used illegally to transport marijuana.[7]
  • 7 December 1995: An Air St. Martin Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (F-OHRK) hit a mountain at an altitude of 5,030 feet (1,533 m), 30 kilometres (19 mi) away from airport. Two crew members and 18 passengers (which were illegal immigrants to Guadeloupe) were killed.[8]
  • 12 February 1996: A Haiti Express GAF Nomad aircraft (N224E) crashed shortly after taking off. Two crew members and 8 passengers died.[9]
  • 31 August 2007: A Caribintair Cessna Grand Caravan (HH-CAR) crashed shortly after takeoff 5 kilometres (3 mi) away from the airport. There were no fatal injuries.[10]
  • 11 September 2007: Only eleven days after the previous accident another plane crash of a Caribintair Cessna Grand Caravan (HH-CAW) occurred near the airport, this time upon landing 10 kilometres (6 mi) short of the runway.[11]
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2010: The 2010 Haiti earthquake damaged its control tower, and relief work afterwards caused a huge increase in flights.
  • Sunday, 26 May 2013: A Brazilian Air Force KC-137 transport aircraft veered off the runway after an engine fire during takeoff, crashing into the grass next to the runway. The plane was carrying 121 Brazilian soldiers deployed to the UN stabilization force in Haiti (MINUSTAH) but no injuries were reported. Small aircraft were allowed to resume flying on Monday, but large aircraft that could not pass the KC-137 (mostly to/from the USA) were suspended for days.[12]

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