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.)
“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.
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.
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.