US airlines suspend flights from Haiti after strong quake

Delta Air Lines and AMR Corp's American Airlines canceled flights to and from Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

US airlines suspend flights from Haiti after strong quake

Delta Air Lines and AMR Corp's American Airlines canceled flights to and from Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday that may have killed thousands of people.

Delta, the world's largest airline, canceled its flight from New York's John F Kennedy International Airport to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, company spokesman Anthony Black, said on Wednesday.

American Airlines flew its last flight from Haiti to Miami Tuesday night around 6:45 p.m., spokesman Tim Smith said.

Both carriers said they were uncertain when flights to Haiti would resume.

The earthquake's epicenter was 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. Aftershocks as powerful as 5.9 rattled the city Tuesday night and Wednesday. About 4 million people live in the city and the surrounding area.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's private destination in Labadee, Haiti reported no visible damage, but a spokeswoman said the company is seeking more information.

No Royal Caribbean ships are set to call on Labadee on Wednesday. The company's Independence of the Seas cruise ship is scheduled to go to Haiti Friday.

Carnival Corp the world's largest cruise operator, said it does not have any cruise ships scheduled to stop in Haiti and added there were no changes to its schedule.

JetBlue Airways Corp said it would waive change fees and fare differences to allow customers to rebook their travel to the Dominican Republic.

The State Department urged Americans not to travel to Haiti.

U.S. airline stocks were higher on Wednesday as oil prices fell after an industry report showed jumps in stocks of refined products. The Arca Airline index up 2.5 percent in morning trading.

Royal Caribbean shares were up 2.1 percent, or 55 cents, to $26.22.

Reuters
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