Haiti: Logistics Cluster Flash News - 15 January 2010

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Update on the status of the Airport, Seaport and Roads at Port au Prince.

AIRPORT status

Port au Prince Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport (MTPP)

Haitian airspace is only open to humanitarian aircraft operating to and from Haiti airports. No possibility of any over-flights due to very limited staffing.

The ground stop that was issued by the Haitian Government at 15:00h GMT has been extended now through 19:00h GMT at the request of the Haitian government. Numerous aircraft are currently holding for a spot on the ramp at the airport, some for over two hours.

Some flights have been diverted to the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos Islands.

There is no fuel available at MTPP.

Once (if) the ground stop is released, aircraft filed for MTPP should plan at least one hour of holding fuel and enough extra fuel to get to a secondary airport after departing MTPP without refuelling.

The ILS, VOR, DME and runway lights are all reported as in service and working at this time.

The operators of aircraft going to Haiti are increasing their crew members to assist with off-loading due to equipments being very limited in regard to the demands of aircraft on ground.

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is setting up a Control Centre in Miami to manage the air traffic between the USA and Haiti.

Dominican Republic - Las Americas International Airport (MDSD)

Santo Domingo's International airport is also becoming congested.

SEAPORT status Port au Prince

The Port is currently not operational.

Photos of the damaged port are published on the Logistics Cluster website

The US Coastal Guard conducted a port assessment on 14 Jan. According to their report:

- The road (for vehicles and personnel) leading to the port is covered with fallen container boxes.

- The main building's rood and side walls are very badly damaged.

- Out of 5 available cranes, 2 are not operable, 2 are inside the property away from the pier side, and 1 crane is not placed on a stable platform.

- The main pier is very badly damaged. Parts of the pier have broken off and are under water. Container boxes, building debris, fallen trees and garbage are flooding in the water near the pier and also in the surrounding water outside the port.

ROAD status

Main urban roads in Port au Prince (including the airport road) are being cleared by MINUSTAH and the Brazilian battalion. Major axes are open.

The road from Jacmel to Port au Prince is passable for "all terrain" vehicles (i.e. 4WD).

The road from Santo Domingo to Port au Prince is becoming congested as much cargo is already moving.