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Originally published Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

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US to help Haiti resume normal airport operations

US authorities are working with Haiti's government to resume civilian flights at the Port-au-Prince airport.

The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —

US authorities are working with Haiti's government to resume civilian flights at the Port-au-Prince airport.

A U.S. Army official tells The Associated Press that some airlines and cargo companies could be back within weeks. He did not give a specific date for the resumption of normal flight activity.

Col. Rick Kaiser says this means military flights will have to be diverted to another airport. He said in an interview Saturday that officials are considering a plan to use the airport in the coastal town of Jacmel.

The Port-au-Prince airport was closed briefly after the Jan. 12 quake and reopened under control of the U.S. military, which has been criticized for allegedly giving priority to military flights.

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