The European market continues to prefer the Dominican Republic as a long-haul destination, with the incorporation of a new direct flight by Edelweiss Airlines from Zurich, Switzerland to Puerto Plata, reaffirming its confidence in Dominican tourism.
The flight, operated in an Airbus A340 aircraft, arrived at Gregorio Luperón Airport in Puerto Plata, with 127 Swiss passengers on board and was welcomed by the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) and Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom).
Berd Bauer, CEO Edelweiss, said he was very pleased to be able to resume these operations, which began with a weekly flight on Fridays and hopes to increase its frequency in the future. He emphasized that the Caribbean is a strategic region as a destination and that the Dominican Republic has a great tourist offer for the Swiss.
For his part, Urs Schnider, Swiss ambassador to the Dominican Republic, said he was proud to receive this direct flight from Zurich to Puerto Plata, the cradle of tourism in the country, for the characteristics of each of its cities, beaches, mangroves, cable car and for the many other attractions it has.
“This is a country with many tourist potentials and I have always felt very safe in it, so I think Edelweiss also made the good decision to establish direct flights to Puerto Plata to make it easier for tourists from Europe to visit this wonderful corner of the world,” said the Swiss ambassador, according to a statement from Mitur.
Schnider, exposed that in 2019 before the world was impacted by Covid-19, about 33 thousand Swiss arrived in the Dominican Republic.
“After the reopening and security measures implemented by the authorities of this Caribbean destination for tourists and travelers, Edelweiss was the only European airline that had a commitment to the country and flew to its traditional destination, Punta Cana and today it does so with Puerto Plata,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Service and Quality of Mitur, Roberto Henríquez, said that with the addition of this new flight to the country increases hotel occupancy, contributing to the growth of the sector in the arrival of tourists to the Dominican Republic, which in June received 350,000 visitors, generating in turn, more jobs and dynamism of the economy.
At the welcome ceremony of the new flight, which was received to the rhythm of merengue by the folkloric ballet of the Ministry of Tourism directed by Professor Josefina Chez, were present Patrick Heyman, commercial director of Edelweiss; Carlos Rodolí Conde, director of Aerodom North Cluster Airport; Stephanie Kfouri, director of Mitur in Puerto Plata, among other authorities and businessmen of the sector.