As of July 17, 2023, new flights will be opened from Dominican territory to the United States, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, France and Trinidad and Tobago, informed José Ernesto Marte Piantini, director of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC).
The official said, at the start of the twelfth ordinary session of the body’s plenary session, that the members of the plenary heard the request of the Arajet airline to operate 54 flights on the Santo Domingo/Santiago/Medellin/Santiago/Santo Domingo route, from 17 July 2023 to 18 January 2024, with a frequency of two flights a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, in Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Marte Piantini reported that the plenary heard Sky High Aviation’s request to perform 317 flights under the Special Permit modality from August 13, 2023 through February 13, 2024 on the routes:
Santiago/Providence/Santiago; Santiago/Miami/Santiago; Santiago/Panama City/Santiago and Santo Domingo/Trinidad and Tobago/Santo Domingo.
He detailed that travelers interested in these destinations will be able to fly with a frequency of one flight per week on Wednesdays on the Santiago/Providence route; one flight on Mondays and Fridays on the Santiago/Panama City route and one flight on Thursdays and Sundays on the Santo Domingo/Trinidad and Tobago route.
Dominican Republic main destination in the Caribbean
Likewise, the official reported that foreign airlines continue to show interest in the Dominican Republic as the main destination in the Caribbean. So much so that the CAB was informed of the request for new permits from airlines to operate new flights to and from the Dominican Republic.
He also said that during the twelfth ordinary session, the plenary heard the requests of Turpial, Laser and Air Caraibes, foreign airline operators, which requested Special Permits.
The president of the JAC explained that they heard the request of Turpial Airlines to operate 51 flights on the Valencia, Venezuela/Punta Cana/Valencia, Venezuela route.
He said that these operations will be carried out in Boeing 737-400 aircraft, with capacity for approximately 150 seats, from July 16, 2023 to January 7, 2024, with a frequency of one flight every Thursday and Sunday.
Likewise, he informed that the foreign operator Laser requested a Special Permit to carry out 154 roundtrip flights on the Caracas, Venezuela/La Romana/Caracas, Venezuela route, from July 16, 2023 until September 30, 2023, with a frequency of two daily flights.
“The development of the country’s air connectivity is one of the pillars currently of the Civil Aviation Board,” said Marte Piantini.
He added that “the members of the plenary continue to identify routes and airlines with potential characteristics with which connectivity can be expanded, and with that, offer more opportunities to travelers who choose the Dominican territory as a destination.”
The plenary also heard the request for a Special Permit from the airline Air Caraibes to operate eight flights on the Paris, Orly/Port-au-Prince, Haiti/Punta Cana/Paris, Orly route, from July 18, 2023 until September 5, 2023, with a weekly frequency on Tuesdays.
Special flights to and from the DR
At the end of the meeting, the president of the JAC said that commercial aviation in the country continues to experience “extraordinary” growth this year. “The special flights that have been approved from the Civil Aviation Board allow airlines to explore routes and show the levels of attraction of our country as a destination in the Caribbean.”
He added that, “during 2022 alone, flights under the Special Permit modality experienced an increase of 74 % compared to the same period of the previous year.” He specified that in 2022 a total of 3,730 operations were carried out under this modality.