The Dominican territory continues to increase its air connectivity this year 2024. This was announced by José Marte Piantini, president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), during the first session of the agency to announce the increase in frequencies to and from the country.
During the first session of this year, the members of the plenary heard the request for a Special Permit from Sky High Aviation Services, to expand air connectivity by making flights on the routes: Santo Domingo/Curaçao/Miami/Curaçao /Santo Domingo; Santo Domingo/Aruba/Miami/Aruba/Santo Domingo and Santo Domingo/English Guyana/Santo Domingo.
The request of the national air operator consists of 184 roundtrip flights: 53 flights on the Santo Domingo/Aruba/Miami/Aruba/Santo Domingo route, with a frequency of one flight every Wednesday and Saturday, from March 1 to September 1 of this year, and 53 flights on the Santo Domingo/Curaçao/Miami/Curaçao/Santo Domingo route, with a frequency of one flight every Thursday and Sunday, from March 1 to September 1 of this year.
Likewise, it will operate 78 flights on the Santo Domingo/Guyana Inglesa/Santo Domingo route, every Monday, Thursday and Sunday, from January 10 to July 10. It should be noted that the operations will be carried out in Embraer 175, Embraer 190 and Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
Marte Piantini took the opportunity to highlight the work of the work teams of the sector’s entities, affirming that with their efforts they guarantee that every day the DR can fly efficiently.
As for continuing to increase the country’s air connectivity, the members of the JAC were informed of AIR TRANSAT’s request for a Special Permit to operate 56 roundtrip flights from January 5 to 31, 2024 on the routes: Hamilton /Puerto Plata / Ottawa; Hamilton /Punta Cana/Quebec City; London, Ontario/Punta Cana/Ottawa; Ottawa /Puerto Plata/Hamilton; and Ottawa /Punta Cana/London; Quebec City/ Punta Cana /Hamilton.
The plenary also heard the request for another Special Permit from the operator AIR CANADA, to operate roundtrip flights every Sunday on the Montreal /La Romana/Montreal route, from January 14 to March 31 of this year. During the knowledge of the request, the president of the CAB explained that this route is authorized in the SUNWING AIRLINES Operating Permit, which evidences that the route is in growing development.
“The year 2023 was a record year for Dominican-based airlines. At the end of 2023, local airlines mobilized 674,153 passengers,” said the president of the organization. He detailed that this is the highest figure ever recorded and added that the most transited connections by Dominican airlines were from/to South, Central and North America, such as Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, United States and Costa Rica, “these figures show the enormous effort that, with facts and teamwork, the Government headed by the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, through the Civil Aviation Board has been making to strengthen air transportation.