As part of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) 2021 being held in Madrid, Dominican Republic Tourism Minister David Collado and Iberia president Javier Sánchez-Prieto signed an agreement to promote the Caribbean country as a tourist destination in the more than 90 destinations that the Spanish airline offers in Europe.
Starting in June, the airline will add an additional flight to the DR for a total of 11 weekly flights.
During the signing of the agreement with Mitur, Sánchez-Prieto, stressed that they are committed to the Dominican Republic as an ideal year-round destination and announced the growth in the route to eleven weekly frequencies during the summer, which represents a 17% increase over the pre-pandemic offer and reinforces the airline’s commitment to this market and its leadership in Latin America.
Along with the increase in frequencies, Iberia will offer more seats, specifically, 248,686 seats per year, as these flights are operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with capacity for 292 passengers: 29 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 242 in Economy, and a greater cargo capacity.
The Airbus A330-200s are twin-engine aircraft that include the Premium Economy product aimed at customers who usually fly in Economy class, but are willing to pay a little more to travel more comfortably and with additional services such as wider seats with 40% more recline, 12″ full HD screens or an exclusive in-flight service, among others.
The increased operation is aimed at improving connectivity between the Caribbean country and the more than 90 countries to which Iberia flies in Europe, where the airline will promote the country as a tourist destination.
“We are confident that our collaboration will be very fruitful. The Dominican Republic has undoubtedly been the route on which Iberia has recovered its capacity the fastest and that is why we wanted to accompany this reactivation of demand with a greater offer. Since we resumed operations in July 2020, we have been increasing the number of flights to eleven weekly frequencies this summer, even exceeding our pre-pandemic offer. We are about to celebrate 54 years since our first flight to Santo Domingo, where we hope to continue flying for many years to come, because Iberia is committed to this destination and so are our customers,” said Sánchez-Prieto.
For his part, Collado said: “This agreement reaffirms that the Dominican Republic is an example in the Caribbean region and in view of the measures taken for the recovery of our tourism pandemic”.
Present at the signing were Monika Infante, general director of Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) and Paola Rainieri of the PuntaCana Group, among other executives.