Posted on: 20 December 2013 by Mark Howells
Sunrise Airways says it has had a strong first year in operation, launching both domestic and international routes from Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien.
Philippe Bayard, president of Sunrise Airways, commented, “It’s been a great year; one in which we’ve achieved an impressive number of milestones for a small, start-up airline. But, as we’ve said all along, this is just the beginning. We can all look forward to an even bigger and better Sunrise Airways in 2014 with new, larger aircraft serving an exciting line-up of new destinations to further boost tourism growth and commerce in Haiti and across the region.”
“Bringing on new service to Kingston remains at the top of our list for 2014,” Bayard continued. “That would complete stage one of our development plan. Stage two calls for larger aircraft and longer-haul routes from Port-au-Prince. We have already initiated discussions with several aircraft lessors and anticipate entering stage two by the second quarter of 2014.”
In addition to inaugurating new routes across the Western Caribbean in 2013, Sunrise Airways became the first-ever Haitian airline to join the Flight Safety Foundation. It is also the only Haitian airline with its own dedicated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
“The achievements we’ve realised over the past year, together with the dedication and excellent service put forth by our growing staff of professionals, have helped us to build a loyal following among a discerning base of customers who have been waiting for an elevated level of air service in Haiti,” declared Bayard. “We’re delivering by adhering strictly to the same safety and operational standards expected of major airlines, while also always making sure to serve our customers with professionalism and respect. In this way, we’re changing perceptions of the aviation industry in Haiti, and in turn, helping to move Haiti forward as well.”