Toussaint Louverture International Airport

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Toussaint Louverture International Airport
Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture
Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Office National de l'Aviation Civile
Operator Autorité Aéroportuaire Nationale
Serves Port-au-Prince
Location Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Ouest, HT
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
MTPP is located in Haiti
Location in Haiti
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,040 9,974 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 1,500,521
Aircraft Operations 4,127

Toussaint Louverture International Airport (French: Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture) (IATA: PAPICAO: MTPP) is an international airport located in Tabarre, a commune of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The airport is currently the busiest in Haiti and serves as an operating hub for Salsa d'Haiti, Tortug' Air, Sunrise Airways, and Haiti Aviation.



Aerial view of Runway 10

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.[1]

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.[2] As of June 15, 2016, a taxiway is under construction to increase traffic capacity as taxiing aircraft currently must use the active runway to taxi to their takeoff position. Work is being performed by China National Automation Control System Corporation which has multiple large construction contracts with the Haitian government.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau
Air Caraïbes Paris–Orly
Air France Fort-de-France, Miami, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau
American Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York–JFK
Bahamasair Nassau
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Cubana Camagüey, Havana, Santiago de Cuba
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
InterCaribbean Airways Kingston–Norman Manley, Providenciales, Santo Domingo–Las Américas
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
Latin American Wings Lima, Santiago de Chile
PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunrise Airways Camagüey, Cap-Haïtien, Havana, Miami (begins 14 November 2017), Montego Bay, Nassau, Orlando, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Chile, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–La Isabela, Santo Domingo–Las Americas
operated by PAWA Dominicana
Curaçao, St. Maarten


Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Miami, San Juan
Amerijet International Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas


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

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 3 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 12 February 1996: A Haiti Express GAF Nomad aircraft (N224E) crashed shortly after taking off. Two crew members and 8 passengers died.[7]
  • 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.[9]
  • 12 January 2010: The 2010 Haiti earthquake damaged its control tower, and relief work afterwards caused a huge increase in flights.
  • 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.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Globe and Mail, "A once sleepy airport is now Haiti's overstretched lifeline", Paul Koring, 19 January 2010 (accessed 20 January 2010)
  2. ^ Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. YouTube. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Haiti - Reconstruction : Signature of 4 agreements with a Chinese company". Haiti Libre. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Harro Ranter. "Port-au-Prince-Mais Gate Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Harro Ranter. "Port-au-Prince-Mais Gate Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Harro Ranter. "Port-au-Prince-Mais Gate Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Harro Ranter. "Port-au-Prince-Mais Gate Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Harro Ranter. "Port-au-Prince-Mais Gate Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Engine Fire And Crash of Brazilian Air Force Plane in Haiti". Haiti Observer. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

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