Haiti's Tortug'Air applies for Fort Lauderdale route

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Haitian operator Tortug'Air intends to start new service from Cap Haitien International Airport to Fort Lauderdale International, a US Department of Transportation filing shows.

Tortug seeks to operate one daily round-trip flight between Fort Lauderdale and Cap Haitien on Haiti's north coast. No other airline is flying between the two airports, Innovata schedules show. Spirit Airlines operates flights from Fort Lauderdale to Port-Au-Prince, while Air Canada, Air France, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and InselAir also fly to Haiti's capital city from various US cities.

The airline struck an agreement in November with Johannesburg's Cemair to wet lease 50-seat Bombardier CL600-2B19 aircraft. The US Federal Aviation Administration requires Haitian airlines initiating service to the USA to wet lease aircraft from a "category one" country like South Africa in order to start new service.

The Haitian civil aviation authority approved these frequencies and the wet lease on 20 December.

Tortug operates three 17-seat Let L-410 aircraft and three 19-seat BAe Systems Jetstream 32 aircraft. The airline started domestic operations in 2004 and employs more than 170 people.

Cemair, historically a turboprop lessor, first told Flightglobal of its plans to start deploying CRJ series aircraft in February 2012. The company was founded in 2006 with headquarters at Lanseria International Airport.