PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – (October 29, 2013) – Sunrise Airways (IATA: S6, ICAO: KSZ) announced today that it plans to launch a second nonstop flight between Cap Haitien and Providenciales in the coming weeks, building upon its already successful once-daily service as part of the airline’s continuing commitment to strengthen business links between Haiti and the Turks & Caicos.
“The market has responded very favorably to our service over our first few weeks of operation,” said Philippe Bayard, President of Sunrise Airways. “Strong passenger demand, positive feedback, and tremendous partnership among public and private sector tourism interests in both countries have us bullish on the prospects for incremental growth in terms of flights and business development targeting not just tourism, but other vertical industries, as well.”
Since the start of its service to Providenciales in August 2013, Sunrise Airways has made business development a central focus of its operations linking Haiti and the Turks & Caicos. A trade mission to Haiti hosted by the airline just prior to the start of regularly scheduled service brought members of the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce in direct contact with their counterparts in Haiti in an effort to stimulate trade and new commercial opportunities.
“One of the areas where we really see great potential is agriculture,” said Hamish Davidson, COO of Sunrise Airways. “Our initial trade mission back in August uncovered some tremendous opportunities for farmers in Haiti to supply fresh produce to a whole new market of customers in the Turks & Caicos, particularly the many fine restaurants and hotels along Grace Bay, and elsewhere in Provo. We have ready suppliers here in Haiti and the demand is there. Our commitment is to bring the two sides together and help each community grow.”
Davidson, and other Sunrise Airways officials, continue to hold talks with public and private sector leaders in Haiti and the Turks & Caicos to explore import/export opportunities in the agricultural sector, as well as tourism development initiatives enticing visitors to combine beach vacations to Providenciales with excursions to Haiti’s historical and eco-tourism attractions.
“The growth potential in tourism that our flights create is readily apparent, but that’s not what Sunrise Airways is all about,” said Davidson. “Each community that welcomes us in not only gets an airline, they also get a business development partner; one that’s keen on digging beneath the surface to identify the types of sustainable economic opportunities that help us thrive together.”
Sunrise Airways serves the Haiti-Turks & Caicos market with 19-seat Jetstream 32 EP aircraft, offering ample head- and leg-room, plus the added comfort of refurbished cabins and fresh upholstered seating.
For more information on Sunrise Airways, please visit www.SunriseAirways.net.
About Sunrise Airways (www.SunriseAirways.net)
Sunrise Airways (IATA: S6) is a new Haitian owned commercial airline launched in November 2012 that aims to establish a hub in Port-au-Prince to better serve air travel needs within the Western Caribbean. The airline currently operates daily scheduled passenger service between Cap Haitien and Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, as well as domestic routes within Haiti, and charter flights to various gateways throughout the Western Caribbean. New service to Holguin, Havana and Santiago in Cuba, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and Kingston, Jamaica are planned for 2013. Sunrise Airways owns and operates a fleet comprised of Jetstream 32 EP aircraft offering the comfort of leather seating and ample in-cabin cargo room for a maximum capacity of 19 passengers. Headquartered in Port-au-Prince with a dedicated maintenance facility in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Sunrise Airways is owned by noted Haitian businessman and philanthropist, Philippe Bayard. Members of the airline’s leadership team average more than 15 years of aviation experience with such well-known industry brands as Aerocaribbean, Air Jamaica, BAE Systems, Condor Airlines, Jamaica Air Shuttle, and LAN Airlines.