This figure also exceeded that of April of this year
The airports of the Dominican Republic mobilized a total of 816, 813 passengers through the airport terminals, this amount represented 69% of the total number of passengers transported in May 2019 (1, 185, 842 passengers).
This figure also surpassed that of April this year, which had closed with 57% with respect to April 2019; this was announced by the president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), José E. Marte Piantini.
The JAC informed, that it has known and approved a total of 138 flights under the Special Permit modality, which will be operated from June to October this year.
“These 138 special flights represent for the country an estimated direct income of US$ 77.6 million, positively impacting tourism and the country’s economy,” said Marte Piantini.
The Board also approved a total of 1,601 “round trip” charter flights to be operated from June through October of this year. According to these official figures, these flights represent estimated direct revenues of US$ 686 million dollars.
The President of the JAC assured that with the approval of these special flights to and from the country, it is confirmed that the Dominican Republic is a destination that has a lot of potential in terms of growth in the midst of the pandemic.
Marte Piantini recalled that the Civil Aviation Board grants Special Permits to established airlines to operate routes that are not contained in their operating permits, with the objective of exploring their commercial viability in order to regularize them in the future.
Among the approved special flights, 80% (a total of 110 flights) will be operated to and from Russia on the Ekaterinburg/Punta Cana/Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk/LaRomana/Novosibirsk and Novosibirsk/PuntaCana/Novosibirsk routes.
These operations represent a contribution of 39,000 new seats, in the period from June 23 to October 29, 2021.
Likewise, it is expected that by the end of 2021 the country’s airport terminals will reach a total of 9.2 million passengers in arrivals and departures, which would represent a 64% recovery with respect to 2019, which registered 14.5 million passengers in arrivals and departures.
These 9.2 million passengers would mean an estimated contribution to GDP of around 8, 400 million.