President of Haiti killed: airlines cancel flights to Miami
Several flights from South Florida that were to arrive or leave Haiti were canceled Wednesday following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti’s main airport near Port-au-Prince, will only accept diplomatic and humanitarian flights until further notice, airport general manager Irving Mehu said on Wednesday.
American Airlines operates flights between Miami International Airport and Toussaint Louverture Airport. The airline said it had decided to cancel operations in Haiti for the day and would continue to assess the situation.
At least three flights to Miami have been canceled, according to online flight trackers.
The closure also affected flights to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which offers non-stop flights via American Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines to Toussaint Louverture International Airport and Cap-Haitien International Airport.
Spirit Airlines told the Miami Herald it canceled all of its flights to and from Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien on Wednesday. The airline said it would continue to monitor the Haitian government’s decision to close airports and notify passengers if necessary.
“We are saddened by the news of the death of President Moïse and extend our condolences to the many guests we serve in Haiti, as well as to the rest of the country,” the airline said in a statement.
JetBlue has also suspended operations in Haiti until further notice and said it will work with affected customers while monitoring events. At 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, at least one American Airlines flight, one JetBlue flight and one Spirit Airlines flight were canceled, according to FLL’s online flight tracker.
The US Embassy in Haiti also closed on Wednesday, citing an “ongoing” security situation and urged US citizens to avoid unnecessary travel at this time. He advises travelers to avoid protests and crowds, monitor developments in the media, and create evacuation plans to leave the country that are not dependent on US government assistance.
The US State Department had previously placed Haiti under a Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory, citing widespread kidnappings, crimes, civil unrest and the spread of COVID-19.
Jacqueline Charles, staff writer for the Miami Herald, contributed to this report.