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January 16, 2010

Additional Airport Information

Filed under: Haiti — jeffdebrosse @ 12:48 am
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The logistical challenges in Haiti are currently fairly substantial. This is just a quick note to add the following info (from the CIA World Fact Book). Below is information on the airports in Haiti:

Airports – with paved runways:
total: 4
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (Port-Au-Prince)
914 to 1,523 m: 3 (2009)
Airports – with unpaved runways:
total: 10
914 to 1,523 m: 2
under 914 m: 8 (2009)
In other words, there are 5 airports (4 unpaved, 1 paved) that are 914-1523 meters (3000-5000 feet) in length. Perhaps these can be used for smaller cargo aircraft (smaller than a C-130). For instance, a full-loaded C-130 @ 155,000 lbs. gross wt. would requite 6000′ of runway (and 8,500′ of runway @ 5000′ of elevation).
According to the following data: http://www.aircraft-charter-world.com/airports/centralamerica/haiti.htm, Port-Au-Prince airport is 9900′ in length so it supports a variety of large aircraft. Cap Haitien is paved and is 4900′ in length. It’s 131km (81 miles) from Cap Haitien to Port-Au-Prince airport, so if smaller aircraft could be landed in Cap Haitien, there would have to be convoys to move the equipment and incoming/outgoing personnel. Unfortunately, I was just told that the drive between Port-Au-Prince and Cap Haitien is very difficult. I’d have to be in-country to assess the actual difficulty, but this is a potential solution for getting additional supplies and personnel into the country.
Jeff
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