World Bank approves funding for airport in Haiti

Port au Prince, Haiti – The board of the World Bank has approved financing of US$12 million for the Caribbean Transport Connectivity project.

This new grant aims to replenish funds to cover cost overruns related to repairs recently identified at the Cap-Haïtien International Airport, to boost the country’s aviation sector and ensure that the airport continues to meet international standards set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Air connectivity remains critical to Haiti’s economy and its ability to respond to emergencies, particularly given its insularity, weak ground transport infrastructure, and lingering insecurity over key roadways”, said the World Bank’s Country Manager for Haiti, Laurent Msellati.

“With this additional financing, the World Bank ensures that the Cap Haïtien International Airport is supporting the safe, resilient, and reliable travel of passengers in and out the country’s northern region. It will have direct impact on inclusive growth but also will increase education, jobs, healthcare, and trade opportunities while supporting climate change adaptation and mitigate their impacts.”

The allocation of funds will also address the Rehabilitation of Cap-Haïtien International Airport runway.

It will also improve the international airport drainage system thanks to major infrastructure works aiming at improving the runoff of rainwater, using climate change projections, including a larger share of nature-based solutions. (CMC)

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