After the Russian Operational Office for the Control of Coronavirus removed the restrictions on air traffic between Russia and the Dominican Republic, as of August 27th, the most important Russian tour operators have confirmed the expansion of their operations and flights to the Dominican Republic, which include not only a greater number of frequencies from Moscow airports, but also the reactivation of flights from Russian cities that had been discontinued for years, even before the pandemic.
Likewise, flights will be inaugurated from cities in the interior regions of Russia that had never had a direct connection with our destinations.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Russia, through a press release stated: “It is our desire that the Dominican Republic becomes a regional connection point, taking advantage of its strategic location, from which Russians who visit us can also connect with other destinations of interest throughout Central America and the Caribbean. We have always believed in the potential of the countries in our region to become a multi-destination option, taking advantage of the cultural and historical richness that unites us, as well as the unique attractions that characterize each country and the warmth of our brotherly peoples”.
On the one hand, the airline Azur Air has announced that it will resume flights from St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, in early October, and will add other emblematic cities such as Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Rostov and Novosibirsk. For its part, the important tour operator Pegas Touristik informed that from September it will fly to Punta Cana, Samaná and Puerto Plata from Moscow and from the first of October it will add flights from Ufa, Kazan and Novosibirsk.
The aforementioned cities are some of the so-called “millionaire cities” in Russia, those with a population of over one million inhabitants, which are the economic and cultural centers of the country. Saint Petersburg has 5,384,342 inhabitants, Novosibirsk has 1,620,162, Ekaterinburg has 1,495,066, Kazan has 1,257,341, Ufa has 1,125,933 and Rostov has 1,137,704.
With this addition of destinations in the Dominican Republic and with a renewed variety of points of origin from Russia serving Dominican destinations, the country is placed in a privileged position for the expansion of Russian tourism, with the capacity to receive visitors from the different regions in the heart of Russia since we now have frequent flights from cities in the Urals, Siberia, as well as in the north and south of Russia.
The maximization of air traffic will allow us to resume the pre-pandemic course of growth of Dominican exports of goods to Russia, since in the case of fruits, almost all of the cargo was shipped by air.