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Cablegate: Tfha01: Haiti Air Ops Prioritization

O 220849Z JAN 10
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE IMMEDIATE
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AMEMBASSY CONAKRY IMMEDIATE
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COMSOCEUR VAIHINGEN GE
JICPAC PEARL HONOLULU HI
HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
CDR USSOCOM MACDILL AFB FL
CDR USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB
CDR USJFCOM NORFOLK VA
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CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL
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CIA WASHINGTON DC
FBI WASHINGTON DC 7681

UNCLAS STATE 006391


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SUBJECT: TFHA01: Haiti Air Ops Prioritization

1. Acting at the request of the Government of Haiti, the U.S.
Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established
the Haiti Flight Operations Coordination Center (HFOCC) to
manage the air traffic and speed up the delivery of humanitarian
aid. In discussions with foreign government officials, bureaus
should highlight the ICAO mandated procedures, including the
requirement for IFR flight plans, obtaining arrival slot times
from the Haiti Flight Operations Coordination Center at 001-850-
283-5477 prior to departure, and notice that fuel and other
ground support services may be unavailable. Operators should
carry enough fuel into Haiti to allow them to depart.

2. Posts should also highlight that foreign state aircraft
entering U.S. airspace, before or after traveling to Haiti,
continue to require a diplomatic clearance number issued by the
Department. Early on January 16, PM/ISO distributed the NOTAM
and diplomatic clearance guidance to all foreign missions in the
U.S. that routinely fly state aircraft into and through the
United States.

3. In those rare cases with specific objective criteria --
importance to the humanitarian mission or critical foreign
policy need -- that require urgent prioritization, the bureau
receiving the request should contact WHA DAS Julissa Reynoso at
ReynosoJ@State.Gov or 202-647-6613 or via the Ops Center at 202-
647-1512 after hours, and copy TaskForce-1@state.gov. The
request should include the justification for urgent
prioritization, and information regarding the current landing
slot (if any), transport tail number, call sign, and requested
time/date of prioritization. Posts are urged not to contact
SOUTHCOM directly on such matters.

4. WHA DAS Reynoso will determine whether the request fits the
justification for urgent prioritization, consulting as needed
with interested bureaus. We will then communicate the
Department of State's position on those requests meeting the
criteria to SOUTHCOM via the SOUTHCOM Action Officer on Task
Force 1. If a request does not fit the criteria or if
DoD/SOUTHCOM is unable to prioritize the flight, DAS Reynoso
will inform the requesting bureau.

5. So posts are aware, despite media reports to the contrary,
U.S. military aircraft have utilized only about 30% of the
landing slots since this system was put in place. The airport's
daily aircraft load has increased roughly tenfold vs. pre-crisis
numbers under these procedures and U.S. involvement in air
traffic management. We also note that this increase means that
airport operations are stretched to the limit and any minor
glitches, e.g. weather problems or an aircraft which takes too
long to unload, can cause significant delays or flight
diversions. Posts and bureaus should also recommend to
requestors that they switch to a smaller aircraft which can be
more easily accommodated or consider flying to the Dominican
Republic and going overland to Haiti.

6. Minimized considered.

CLINTON

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