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Haiti - FLASH : Sunrise Airways a Haitian success story
18/06/2018 08:03:37

Haiti - FLASH : Sunrise Airways a Haitian success story
The businessman and philanthropist Philippe Bayard, President of the Haitian private airline Sunrise Airways based in Port-au-Prince, whose head office is located in Haiti, said that the success of the company is measured by the customer satisfaction and the gradual increase in the number of travelers. "Since the launch of scheduled passenger flights in December 2012, Sunrise Airways has promoted the concept of safe, reliable and comfortable air transportation. Our goal is to offer a good product at an attractive price. We are constantly working to improve the quality of service to our customers and open new destinations and provide more connecting options."

Adding, "Sunrise Airways began its operations in 2012 with schedule service between Haiti's two largest cities, Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitian using a fleet of four Jetstream 32 aircraft (19 seats). The fast evolution of the fleet from Jetstream 32 to Airbus A320 via ATR 42 in less than 3 years is due to the relevance of the airline’s route structure which has an average 90% load factor.

[...] Our growth has seen our passenger numbers increase from 69,000 in 2016 to 140,000 in 2017 and have a projection in 2018 of 200,000."

"Sunrise Airways inaugurated in February 2017 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20202-haiti-economy-inaugural-flight-of-sunrise-airways-pap-havana.html his new route to Cuba (Havana)" declared Bayard, adding "We began to fly in April 2014 with a Jetstream 32 aircraft (19 seats) to Santiago from Port au Prince and today we operate 11 flights per week with an Airbus A320 (150 seats) to three destinations, Santiago, Camaguey and Havana."

Bayard also said "We began one month ago the discussions with the Cuban Aviation Authority in order to establish an interline agreement between Cubana de Aviacion and Sunrise Airways. [...] This is an important step for us in line with our long-term final objective which is to link the Caribbean directly or through a partnership between regional airlines : One Caribbean."

Asked if Sunrise Airways' goal was to turn Port-au-Prince into a hub, Bayard said that as an island nation, Haiti needs an efficient air transport infrastructure.

"There has been an over-reliance upon service provided by the US legacy carriers, in particular, American Airlines and generally upon air service to the USA which is often used as a distribution point for travel back into other areas of the Caribbean."

Haiti's geographical location lends itself to becoming the center of an intra-Caribbean feeder road system, a "HUB" that will support the country's continued growth through the stimulation of trade and tourism. However, talking about a Hub in Port in Prince is little premature, even if we have started to promote connections in Port au Prince today from Curaçao to Cuba or Curaçao to Santo Domingo [...] Haitian airport infrastructures are totally inadequate and not suitable for a mass market transit as other airports in the region like Panama or Santo Domingo for example," stressing "the excessive level of taxes on the ticket coupled with the most expensive Jet fuel price of the whole region is a big handicap to the aviation market development into the Caribbean."

"My goal is to create the conditions to ease the circulation of travelers in the Caribbean without loss of time and money. In 2019, we have in plan to open Kingston in Jamaica, Santa Clara and Holguin in Cuba, and continue to work with interlines and maybe codeshare agreement with some Caribbean Airlines. The network already exists, we need to make some approach with the existing carrier in the case of our project : One Caribbean."

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