Airline industry mobilizes for relief efforts

01/14/2010 | Reuters · USA Today ·

Haiti's quake-damaged Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport has been closed to commercial traffic as airlines, military planes and general aviation pilots switch to disaster-relief mode. When Tuesday's disaster left the airport tower inoperable, air traffic control for the island nation initially was handled by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter off the coast. On Wednesday the U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing arrived to take over air traffic control responsibilities, and the Federal Aviation Administration dispatched safety experts to the airport. With 100 employees on the ground in Haiti, American Airlines on Wednesday sent in three relief flights, and other carriers are mobilizing to support U.S. government relief efforts.

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