American Airlines cancels service to and from Haiti during protests
December 9th, 2010
01:16 PM ET

American Airlines cancels service to and from Haiti during protests

American Airlines has canceled service to and from Haiti for a second day because of political unrest there.

The airline announced Wednesday that it was canceling all six of its flights from the United States to Port-au-Prince because of post-election violence. It extended the moratorium Thursday.

"We will evaluate future operations, including tomorrow, later in the day (Thursday)," AA spokesman Tim Smith said in an e-mail.

Protests erupted throughout the Haitian capital Wednesday, the day after presidential election results were announced. Mobs alleging fraud burned the headquarters of the government-backed candidate and blocked roads using earthquake rubble and flaming tires.

Mirlande Manigat, a former first lady of Haiti, won the election held more than a week ago with 31.37% of the vote, the Provisional Electoral Council announced late Tuesday.

Jude Celestin, the candidate backed by President Rene Preval, came in second with 22.48%, while popular musician Michel Martelly was just behind Celestin with 21.84%.

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  1. Homer Simpson

    the natives are getting restless.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    Oh please, what are they gonna throw at the plane...sticks??? Stop being a cry baby and resume flights. People need that service to rebuild!

    December 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Homer Simpson

    tired from all that protesting? Dip your cup in the sewer and have a nice relaxing drink of pooo.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cornrow ad agency

    Yes cawm tew Haiti mon!!! Ef yew are tyred and lownli cawm tew Haiti mon. American Ayrelynes shood cawm tew Haiti mon, cawm tew Haiti mon. Experiawnce cholers fer dee furst tyme en Haiti mon, ownlee en haiti mon. Seee the pritty tents in Haiti mon, awn dee beech in Haiti mon.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nat

    The former first lady..that does stink...the whole reason they haven't made progress is because of goverment corruption and now they have to continue having the same corruption in power..

    December 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nat

    cornrow they speak creole .ur thinking of another part of the carribean..

    December 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cornrow

    @Nat...oh. Cawm tew Juhmaykah mon, cawm tew Juhmaykah mon.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cornrow

    @Jim....doooooown't cawm to Jumayka mon, doooooon't cawm to Jumayka mon.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ant

    Why Haitians can't live with peace or have a good election like U.S? the answer is simple. All the countries who put a screw on the up of Haiti have to releave it. to understand what i mean ask yourself y Jamaica, Guianne Francais never ask to be independant.The haitian who take money from outsider should invest that money in Haiti example "Gi Phillip". Haitian should start unite to each other that's the result of the problem of Haiti.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |

    these are industrious human beings caught in a cycle of poverty and corruption. most Long to work but there are no jobd. aa hass casncelled .flights not to protect planes but because we, the passengers, are unable to get thru barricades to the airport. chi out, shjow grace, love god.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. blockzo

    why don't you go to delmas 2 haiti and ay that
    we will show you something

    December 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A Witness

    This article is very misleading. It implies that the results that were announced were the actual counts. That is what the problem is. As stated by the US embassy announcement these results were far different to all the observers counts and a clear demonstration of a government trying to steal the election. I admit violence is unacceptable but what other choice do the people have but to go onto the streets in protest?

    December 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Brieske

    Mearder. My solution fixes the problem and saves lifes. You are the problem and one of the pieces of garbage on this Earth who does nothing but act tougher than he is and most likely bully the weak. Oorah! The best at what I do. Fuker. Crawl back into your pile. You couldn't afford the property taxes here. Scu/mb/ag.
    steve. The Haitian men do not need jobs!! They need to be forced labor until the cities are cleared of debris. Being paid is out of the question, getting 3 meals and being allowed to live is their payment if they can't see saving the lives of women and children as enough payment.
    Cornrow. You are very funny.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. helenhull102951

    RIGHT ON JIM I LIKE YOUR WAY OF THINKING!!! Except they should never be allowed to BREED again cause they BREED like those creatures from south of the border.. Should stop all flights to any country that acts like AZZ-HOLES...

    December 10, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. helenhull102951

    The news on Fox is saying that Osama is recruting mexicans from within our borders, I've always said that, that those things should be exterminated as they cross the border. Ain't that speicial

    December 10, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
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