DR seeks to become main private aviation tourism destination

The agencies that govern commercial aviation in the Dominican Republic, seek to turn the country into the main destination for private aviation tourism, creating at the same time, the new protocol for domestic air operations in the national territory.

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), the Civil Aviation Board (JAC) and the Airport Department understand that the Dominican Republic has all the necessary conditions for the country to receive between 45 to 50 private tourist flights each year.

“With our projects and work that we jointly develop, we intend to make our Dominican Republic the main Caribbean nation that annually receives the largest number of private tourist flights, as well as air excursions from different destinations”.

The expressions were made by the directors of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), Héctor Porcella, Víctor Pichardo, director of the Airport Department and the President of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), which are the bodies that govern Dominican commercial aviation.

“The new regulatory instrument, sponsored by President Luis Abinader and approved by the institutions responsible for air traffic, creates the conditions for the Dominican Republic to compete advantageously for the large private aviation tourism market, which moves between 45,000 and 50,000 aircraft annually throughout the Caribbean,” the officials stated.

They indicated that the institutions of the sector have created a work table and have agreed to define a protocol to encourage this important tourist segment of high consumption power, which attracts thousands of pilots from different parts of the world, especially from the United States and Canada.

The first to speak was the director of the IDAC, Héctor Porcella, who said that in order to achieve this protocol, which makes it possible to eliminate the bureaucratic obstacles that hindered this activity, President Abinader played a key role as part of his commitment to “zero bureaucracy”, or at least the minimum necessary to guarantee operational safety and compliance with the laws of the country.

Porcella acknowledged the efforts made by the director of the Airport Department, Victor Pichardo, as well as the commanding general of the Dominican Republic Air Force, Major General Leonel Muñoz Noboa, to clear the bureaucratic difficulties and facilitate the implementation of the new protocol.

He explained that the Dominican air clubs have been involved in this task, as they are the ones with the “know-how”, the knowledge of the daily situations and most of the complaints about the obstacles that had been affecting this activity.

“It is good to remember that taking a plane, for example, at La Isabela airport, to travel to Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Barahona or Montecristi, is like taking a means of land transportation, only much faster and as safe as any other means of transportation”, said Porcella as part of Tourism.

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