The Dominican Republic and Costa Rica agreed to boost air connections between the two countries as a way to promote tourism, said Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rodolfo Solano, at the end of a visit to Santo Domingo.
Both countries signed an air services agreement that will make it easier for airlines to “expand their offer to consumers”, said Solano in statements to Efe.
This agreement was signed during a day in which Solano met with his Dominican counterpart, Roberto Álvarez, and was received by Dominican President Luis Abinader.
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Solano said that there are two European airlines that have shown interest in operating routes to San Jose, with a stopover in Santo Domingo.
The Dominican airline RED announced that in the middle of the year it will start flying to Costa Rica from the Dominican capital and, according to Solano, there is a second company that has also shown interest in operating this route.
Apart from tourism, the Costa Rican minister expressed his country’s interest in collaborating with the Dominican Republic in renewable energies and in the so-called “blue economy”, which encompasses economic projects related to the sustainable management of the oceans.
The trade flow between the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica totals close to 300 million dollars annually, a “not insignificant” figure, in Solano’s words.
The trade balance is clearly tilted in favor of Costa Rica, since last year it exported 253 million dollars to the Caribbean country and accumulated imports of 47 million, according to Dominican statistics.