Haitian regional airline Sunrise Airways has received approval from Haiti’s Civil Aviation Authority and the Instituto de Aeronáutica Civil de Cuba (IACC) to operate regular charter flights between its home base in Port-au-Prince and Holguín, a resort city in southeastern Cuba, beginning this fall.
The route between Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (IATA code PAP) and Holguin’s Frank País Airport (HOG), which Sunrise Airways will operate throughout the IATA winter season, will be the carrier’s second international route.
Its second route launch follows the launch of Sunrise Airways’ new service between Cap Haitien in Haiti and Providenciales, the capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands, a route which the regional airline began serving on August 26.
“This initial entrée into the Cuba market is another important step forward in our development plans, though it is just the beginning,” says Philippe Bayard, president of Sunrise Airways. “Moving forward, we hope to expand to other areas throughout Cuba, establishing even greater air travel options for both leisure and business travelers in the months to come.”
Adds Bayard: “This is an ideal opportunity to open up the market in both directions by providing access to the growing market among Haitians for vacations in Cuba, and also by providing short getaways for those living or vacationing in Cuba to experience the depth of culture that Haiti has to offer.”
Sunrise Airways’ new service between Port-au-Prince and Holguín will operate twice-weekly on an air/hotel charter basis at the onset, with packages available for purchase via Sirep Tours in Haiti and Cubatur in Cuba. Cubatur’s website can be found at www.cubatur.cu.
“As the market matures, we hope to transition to regularly scheduled passenger service,” says Bayard.
Sunrise Airways expects to announce an official launch date for the PAP-HOG route, along with schedule and pricing information, in the coming weeks. The regional airline will operate 19-seat BAe Jetstream 32EP turboprops on the new service.
Launched in November 2012, Sunrise Airways (IATA flight code S6) aims to establish a hub at Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport to serve air travel needs within the Western Caribbean region.
The airline currently operates daily scheduled passenger service between Cap Haitien and Providenciales, as well as domestic routes within Haiti and charter flights to various gateways throughout the Western Caribbean. New service to Holguin, Havana and Santiago in Cuba, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica’s capital Kingston are planned for 2013.
Sunrise Airways owns and operates a fleet of 19-seat BAe Jetstream 31 and Jetstream 32EP aircraft, as well as three Czech Republic-built, 17-seat LET L410 UVP turboprops.
Headquartered in Port-au-Prince with a dedicated maintenance facility in Santiago in the Dominican Republic, Sunrise Airways is owned by Philippe Bayard, a Haitian businessman and philanthropist.
Members of the airline’s leadership team average more than 15 years of aviation experience with companies such as Aerocaribbean, Air Jamaica, BAE Systems, Condor Airlines, Jamaica Air Shuttle, and LAN Airlines.
For more information on Sunrise Airways, visit www.SunriseAirways.net.