Haiti-based regional airline Sunrise Airways will expand its Western Caribbean route network on October 30 by launching twice-weekly scheduled service from its hub at...

Haiti-based regional airline Sunrise Airways will expand its Western Caribbean route network on October 30 by launching twice-weekly scheduled service from its hub at Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport to the Cuban city of Santiago de Cuba.

The new round-trips represent Sunrise Airways’ first scheduled passenger service to Cuba. (Sunrise Airways has operated charter flights between Port-au-Prince and Holguín in Cuba since November 2013.)


The fleet of Haiti-based regional carrier Sunrise Airways comprises different types of 19-seat turboprop regional airliners and includes BAe Jetstream 32EPs, a Jetstream 31, a LET 410 UVP and two LET 410 UVP-E aircraft. This is one of Sunrise Airways' Jetstream 32EPs

The fleet of Haiti-based regional carrier Sunrise Airways comprises different types of 19-seat turboprop regional airliners and includes BAe Jetstream 32EPs, a Jetstream 31, a LET 410 UVP and two LET 410 UVP-E aircraft. This is one of Sunrise Airways’ Jetstream 32EPs

 

“These new flights are historic for Sunrise Airways, as well as for Haiti and Cuba,” says Philippe Bayard, president of Sunrise Airways. “Cuba figures prominently in our long-term expansion plans, so establishing scheduled passenger service there is a great step forward for us.”

Adds Bayard: “At the same time, there are also strong cultural ties between Haiti and Santiago de Cuba stemming from the migration to the city that took place in the years following the Haitian Revolution. From a cultural standpoint, Haiti and Santiago de Cuba have been joined at the hip for more than 200 years. Now, with our new flights, the two are closer than ever before.”

Sunrise Airways will operate its twice-weekly round-trips between Port-au-Prince and Santiago de Cuba on Thursdays and Sundays.

It will initially operate 19-seat BAe Jetstream 32EP turboprop regional airliners on the route.

Sunrise Airways is based at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti

Sunrise Airways is based at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti

 

The airline’s schedule for its flights from Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Overture International Airport (IATA code PAP) and Santiago de Cuba’s Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU) will see flight S6 300 departing from PAP at 11:25 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays from October 30 and landing at SCU at 12:35 p.m.

In the other direction, flight S6 301 will leave SCU at 1:15 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays from October 30 and reach PAP at 2:25 p.m. Both airports are in the same time zone.

Connecting service is also available through Port-au-Prince from Sunrise Airways flights originating in Cap-Haïtien on Haiti’s north coast and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Sunrise Airways aims to establish a network of scheduled and charter routes throughout the Western Caribbean region

Sunrise Airways aims to establish a network of scheduled and charter routes throughout the Western Caribbean region

 

For reservations and more information, visit www.SunriseAirways.net. To reach Sunrise Airways reservations, call +(509) 2811 2222/1100 in Haiti, +(1) 305 433 2707 in the U.S., +(1) 849 916 6666 in the Dominican Republic and +(53) 2269 8791 in Cuba.

Originally formed in 2010 but relaunched as a charter-and-scheduled carrier in December 2012 after dropping all its scheduled services in 2011, Sunrise Airways operates twice-daily scheduled passenger services between Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien.

It also operates scheduled-charter service between Port-au-Prince and La Isabela International Airport (JBQ), which serves the Dominican Republic’s capital Santo Domingo, and operates other, unscheduled passenger charter flights.

  • calixte gisele

    December 21, 2015 #1 Author

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  • AJ

    November 24, 2017 #2 Author

    I booked a flight with Sunrise from Port-au-Prince to Havana, Cuba for $450. My flight was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. I arrived by 6:30 a.m. to the airport, I checked a bag and went through security. At 7:50 a.m. the passengers began to line-up by the stewardesses booth under the impression that we would begin boarding. At 8:10 a.m. the stewardesses told us in Spanish: “Tranquila. Tome asiento” or “Calm down. Take a seat”. We made an inference that there would be a short delay perhaps because they have to clean the aircraft. Two hours went by without an update from the stewardesses or an announcement on the loudspeaker. Each time a passenger asked for an update, there was no information provided. At 11:34, I Whatsapp’d my mother and asked her if she could contact Sunrise Airways on my behalf. I gave her my flight number. When she called the Dominican location, she said that it did not even sound like a real business. It sounded like she had called someone’s house. The representative could not explain the delay to her. It was not until she called the U.S. location that they told her that the flight was canceled. I relayed this information to the Cuban passengers. I thought to myself that we will probably get on a later flight. Closer to 1 o’clock, the stewardess called me forward asking to see my boarding pass and passport. I am thinking that we have begun boarding procedures. But when I saw her write my name down on a white piece of scrap paper, I called my mother again to ask what is happening. My mother called Sunrise and they said that they were now putting the passengers up in hotels because there will be no flights to Havana for the rest of the day. They did not give us a specific flight time for the next day or the name of the hotel. I made the decision not to continue with the new flight because I just did not have enough time nor did I trust the company at that point. I should have paid more attention to the fact that these stewardesses had no technology when I checked in. By no technology, I mean there was no computer, no system. They checked us in on a tablet. Once we got to the gate (if you could call it a gate), they were equipped with an old model of a Motorola walkie-talkie and their cellphones. When I contacted Sunrise Airways for a full refund, at first, they tried to tell me that all tickets are non-refundable and that they would issue a voucher. But when I said that the cancellation was their fault, they said they would fill out a form to request the refund but that, if approved, it would take at least 90 days. I went ahead and filed a dispute with my credit card.

    A word of advice: Do not fly Sunrise. It is a fraudulent company.

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