Haiti renames airport after late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Published April 18, 2013

| Associated Press

A spokesman for Haiti's prime minister says an airport in the country's north has been renamed for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Gary Bodeau says the Cap-Haitien International Airport will now be called the Hugo Chavez International Airport. Bodeau is a spokesman for Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

The airport's 17,500-foot runway was repaved in October with Venezuelan money.

Venezuela has been one of Haiti's biggest supporters. Venezuela pledged $1.2 billion for Haiti, more than any other country, following the 2010 earthquake but has released just $222 million.

President Michel Martelly left Haiti Thursday to attend the inauguration for Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro.