Ground crews at Fort Lauderdale have been working tirelessly since 02:00 this morning to remove economy seating from our Airbus A319 (329MT) to make room for supplies being sent to Haiti in response to the the devastating earthquake. The flight will also be carrying medical personnel.
Due to the number of organizations sending aid and high levels of air traffic, MetroAir was only able to secure one flight into Port-au-Prince (MTPP / PAP). This flight is scheduled for 20:00 GMT from FLL to PAP.
Pilots should expect significant traffic in Haiti airspace and should comply with all United States Air Force directives. It is expected that this flight will be placed in a holding pattern to accommodate all traffic destined to MTPP. Once your aircraft has been authorized to park, all crew aboard is expected to assist with the unloading of supplies to expedite the return trip and make room on the apron for other inbound relief flights.
Pilots interested in this relief flight can bid on flights 7701 and 7702. Bidding will only be available for a short time. The flight will be removed Monday at 20:00 GMT. As with all bids, you will have 7 days to complete your flight from the time your bid was secured.
Please take note of special FAA procedures in effect.
M0001/10â€“QXXXX .. SPECIAL TEMPORARY ACCESS PROCEDURES FOR MTPP .. AT THE REQUEST OF ICAO AND HAITI’S NEIGHBORING STATES IN SUPPORT OF EARTHQUAKE RELIEF OPERATIONS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS ESTABLISHED TEMPORARY AIR TRAFFIC FLOW MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES FOR FLIGHTS INTO MTPP. ALL FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT FLYING TO MTPP ARE REQUIRED TO BE ON AN ACTIVE IFR FLIGHTPLAN AND PRIOR TO DEPARTURE OBTAIN ARRIVAL SLOT TIMES FROM THE HAITI FLIGHT OPERATIONS COORDINATION CENTER AT 001-850-283-5477. ARRIVAL SLOT TIMES ARE VALID +/- 20 MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIME. IF UNABLE TO MEET SCHEDULED ARRIVAL SLOT TIMES, CONTACT THE HAITI FLIGHT OPERATIONS COORDINATION CENTER OR YOUR CONTROLLING AGENCY TO COORDINATE NEW SLOT TIMES. DEPARTURES FROM MTPP MUST COMPLY WITH NORMAL ATC PROCEDURES. ALL OPERATORS ARE ADVISED THAT FUEL AND OTHER GROUND SUPPORT SERVICES MAY BE UNAVAILABLE. WIE UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 16 JAN 16:00 2010