Flights to Haiti Canceled Amid Violent Protests

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Passengers traveling to and from Haiti from the United States are currently on standby, as some airlines have canceled flights due to demonstrations on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

Protesters in Haiti are burning tires, blocking major intersections and destroying businesses.

Oppositions groups are rioting in the streets in response to Friday’s announcement from their government about increased gasoline prices. Under the new proposed prices, a liter of regular gas would cost nearly $5. The fuel hike was scheduled to take effect Saturday.

The second day of civil unrest caused U.S. airlines to cancel all of their flights to Haiti on Saturday. Both Jet Blue and Spirit notified passengers of the travel advisory on social media.

For American Airlines passenger Tamy Michel, suspended flights means missing a relative’s funeral service just outside of Port-au-Prince. Her midday flight leaving from Ft. Lauderdale was canceled.

“I was supposed to go for 48 hours and to come back on Monday. But as of right now, everything is canceled, so we don’t know what’s really going on,” said Michel.

The burning fires and confusion caused Haiti’s Prime Minister to announce the suspension of the price adjustment measure until further notice. State Department officials tweeted updates and are instructing personnel at the U.S. embassy in Haiti to shelter in place and rebook any flights originally scheduled for Sunday.

“I’m hoping, like everybody, they get it together and the chaos stops because it’s impacting even us in the diaspora right now,” said Michel.

Passengers with flights booked to Haiti are being urged by airlines to check their flight status before going to the airport. 

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