Perhaps we can count this as one small miracle in a sea of devastation. Cuba has reached an agreement with the United States to allow medical evacuation flights with victims from the Haiti earthquake through restricted Cuban airspace, reducing the flight time to Miami by 90 minutes.
Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said late yesterday that an agreement had been reached with the Cuban military for evacuation flights from the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay to pass through the airspace over Cuba on their way to Florida. An arrangement already exists between the United States and Cuba permitting violations of airspace for emergency medical flights. But the Guantánamo base commander asked the local commander in Cuba to expand the authority to a standing basis, and Havana agreed, administration officials said.
Reported by The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/world/americas/15havana.html