Airport Workers Strike Stops Flights from Haiti

A brief strike by airport security workers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, paralyzed airline traffic off the island Wednesday morning, then ended before noon.

American Airlines, which had canceled all its flights for Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Aiports, announced flight 971 would leave for Miami at 2:30 p.m. and flight 2277 would leave for Fort Lauderdale at 4 p.m. Two flights from MIA and two from Fort Lauderdale will continue to operate. Delta expects its 3:50 p.m. flight to Atlanta to depart on schedule.

Both American’s flights connecting New York’s JFK to Port au Prince were canceled because of the snowstorm that smacked the Northeast.

A former governement official with knowledge of the issue said dissatisfaction with pay raises sparked the strike. Workers who earn from $217-$290 per month felt recent raises by former Minister of Public Works Harry Clinton were inadequate.

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SOURCE: Miami Herald, by  DAVID J. NEAL AND JACQUELINE CHARLES