American Airlines will become the first US major carrier to offer daily, nonstop service to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, the country’s second largest city. And Carnival Corp. announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a $70 million destination cruise project in Tortuga, an island just off the northern coast of Haiti.
Booking is open now for tickets on the new American Airlines route, with travel beginning Oct. 2, 2014, subject to government approval. The new route supplements American’s longstanding service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and will be operated with a Boeing 737-800.
“We have proudly served Haiti for more than 40 years and believe this new service is important not only for our customers, but also as an important catalyst to develop the north coast and open up this historically significant destination,” said Art Torno, senior vice president – Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America.
“This new route represents a tremendous opportunity for significant economic impact for our country by connecting Miami directly to the second city of Haiti,” said Haitian Prime Minister Laurent S. Lamothe.
Carnival’s Haiti cruise port would be the largest cruise industry investment ever made in Haiti, according to David Candib, vice president, development and operations for Carnival Corporation’s Global Port & Destination Development Group.
Royal Caribbean already operates a destination port in Labadee, Haiti.
In related news, Carnival’s Amber Cove Cruise Center in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic is slated to open next year .