VINCI Airports reported that it reached new records in terms of passengers transported for the six Dominican airports under its responsibility. In that sense, in 2023 the terminals managed by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) recorded a total traffic of 6,584,000 passengers, which represented a growth of 10.4% versus the 5,960,000 passengers recorded in 2022.
They also handled more than 193 million pounds, surpassing the 2022 record and confirming their leadership in air cargo activities in the country.
In line with VINCI Airports’ commitment to promote positive mobility and expand the network of destinations, Aerodom included new routes for passengers, among them to the cities of Toronto, Montreal in Canada, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Sao Paolo in Brazil, Providence in the United States from José Francisco Peña Gómez Int. Las Americas Airport (AILA), as well as flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico from Gregorio Luperón Int. Airport in Puerto Plata, among others.
Likewise, there was an increase in frequencies to several destinations that were already served from various airports, according to a press release.
In terms of air cargo, the AILA continues to be the air terminal that handles the largest volume of cargo in the country. In 2023, the increase in demand prompted Copa Cargo, Avianca Cargo and Latam Cargo airlines to increase the frequency of their flights.
Thanks to its strategic location, the AILA has dedicated cargo flights to/from Miami, Bogota, Quito, Puerto Rico, Panama and Jamaica; and has a robust infrastructure dedicated to cargo activities that integrates all the actors and services required for air cargo transportation.
“These positive results indicate Aerodom’s good performance, which is consistent with the growth of tourism and the economy of our country. VINCI Airports is committed to making significant investments in the airports to raise the level of services and accommodate the growing demand for both passenger and cargo flights, while expanding the airport network and connectivity,” said Mónika Infante, CEO of the concessionaire.
She indicated that “in 2024, Aerodom will deliver, together with the General Directorate of Customs, an Express Mail Processing Center, which will streamline all courier parcel processes. Aerodom will also deliver a new and modern flight kitchen together with Sky Caterers, and will make important improvements to the existing passenger terminal at the AILA. It will also begin preliminary work on the construction of a new terminal at the airport.
“We are committed to guaranteeing a memorable travel experience for all our passengers, with shorter waiting times and a greater gastronomic and commercial offer,” he added.
He said that “in the interest of promoting the DR as a destination, in 2023 Aerodom was present at major global tourism and aviation events, bringing the DR for the first time to CONNECT New World, an important international forum for route development.”
“In environmental terms, it obtained the recertification of its environmental management system under the ISO 14001 standard, as well as the Green Airport Award delivered by ACI-LAC in recognition of the good practices executed by the company,” he added.
He explained that “2024 will be a crucial year for the airports under our responsibility as we execute in parallel multiple projects to optimize the existing infrastructure, while initiating the first phases of a new terminal at the AILA.”