A multi-disciplinary team from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is conducting a three-day mission to Haiti to assess the status of the aviation infrastructure in the country following the 12 January earthquake and to recommend a course of action for reconstruction and assistance.
From 9 to 11 March, ICAO officials will assess airport and air navigation facilities and services, flight operations, and aircraft handling. They will also review assessment reports prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the military of the United States.
The mission will also discuss with Haitian authorities the use of ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme to administer and deliver donor assistance for the reconstruction of the aviation system and for strengthening the Office national de l’aviation civile (OFNAC) of Haiti.
The overall objective of the mission is to ensure that the reconstruction and future development of the Haitian civil air transport system conform to ICAO globally recognized standards, as well as national and regional air navigation plans. It is also to avoid duplication of efforts and overlap in offers of assistance by donor States or organizations.
The mission is led by the Director of the North American, Central American and the Caribbean Office of ICAO, Mrs. Loretta Martin, with officials from the regional office and ICAO Headquarters in Montreal. It is coordinated with the United Nations and Haitian government authorities, including the OFNAC.