The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will provide assistance to the reconstruction of Haiti’s civil aviation infrastructure, following serious damage by a recent earthquake.

ICAO recently sent experts to Haiti to assess the extent of damage caused by the earthquake to the international airport in Port-au-Prince and its air navigation services facilities.

The ICAO mission, which was conducted in coordination with the UN and the Haitian Government, identified the actions required to bring the civil aviation system in line with international standards and also noted the important steps taken by the Haitian civil aviation authorities since the earthquake.

During the mission, ICAO officials reviewed the assessment reports prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the US military.

ICAO has offered to use its technical cooperation programme to facilitate and deliver donor assistance for the reconstruction of the aviation system, and to strengthen the Office national de l’aviation civile (OFNAC) of Haiti.