1,400 Planes Waiting to Bring Aid to Haiti, Containers Soon to Follow
Jan. 21, 2010 / Associated Press – About 120 to 140 flights a day are now able to land at the country’s single airport in Port-au-Prince, which was damaged in last week’s earthquake, Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. Southern Command, told a Pentagon news conference. Still, he said, officials have a waiting list of more than 1,400 planes seeking to get into the country as well as a backup of vessels waiting to unload at the damaged port.
Some aid flights also started landing earlier this week at Jacmel, Haiti, and the San Isidro airport in neighboring Santo Domingo; and now a third alternate airport has been opened at Barahona, a closer location over the border in the Dominican Republic, he said by videoconference from Haiti.
With arrival of a Navy landing craft on Wednesday, officials expect Thursday to be able to start moving 150 shipping containers each day through the severely damaged port facility – and eventually accept 800 containers a day.
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