Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response

US and Canadians grapple with airport issues

In response to complaints that humanitarian flights have been blocked from landing at the airport in Port-au-Prince, the USAID  is identifying medical supply requirements for allocating landing slots, with input from the UN and other non-governmental organizations. In Jacmel, Canadian military personnel worked on Wednesday to get a damaged airstrip operational.

GeoEye satellite photo of Haiti Airport
Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, Haiti [from GeoEye]
GeoEye-1 satellite from 423 miles in space at 10:37 a.m. EST on Jan. 16, 2010.

Retired Lt. General Russel Honore welcomed the changes, but felt they should have come sooner.

Building another airfield is something that should have been considered the first day. You can take a road and create another airfield. We have a capability to airdrop teams in with equipment to create airfields.

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