Delta sets return to Haiti

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Delta Air Lines early next month will become the latest carrier to resume scheduled operations to Haiti following the suspension of flights after an earthquake struck the country in January.

The carrier says it will link New York JFK and Port-au-Prince three times weekly from 3 April. The service will increase to five times weekly effective 10 June.

Delta launched services to Port-au-Prince in June 2009 with a daily flight from its New York JFK hub.

Delta's forthcoming operation to Haiti will join those of American Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Air Canada. American restarted flights from February while Spirit and Air Canada resumed service in March. All airlines serving the island had to suspend services after Toussaint Louverture International airport banned commercial flights on 19 January.

"As part of a long-standing commitment to the Caribbean basin, Delta looks forward to once again providing multiple travel options that not only connect the tri-state area to Haiti, but will assist in ensuring more access to this region for rebuilding and humanitarian efforts," Delta vice president of international airport customer service James Sarvis says in a statement.