On Thursday, the Dominican Government signed a new air transport agreement with Canada, which will expand operations between the two countries, with the aim of increasing tourism, trade and connectivity.
As of the signing of this agreement, airlines will be able to operate beyond the current established frequencies, which will increase flights and diversify destinations between the two territories.
In addition, it will allow multiple designation of airlines to operate the agreed services according to the Schedule of Routes, as well as to replace them with another previously designated airline. In terms of capacity, the designated airlines will enjoy a fair and equal opportunity to provide the agreed services.
The agreement also provides that the frequencies and capacity of the agreed services will be determined according to commercial market considerations and also includes the benefit of granting each other traffic rights up to the Sixth Freedom of the Air for passenger, cargo and combination flights.
It includes provisions on ground handling services, provisions on charter or non-scheduled flights and provisions on code-share operations.
The signing brings new opportunities for consumers, airlines and airports of both countries, as they will be able to operate direct flights and connections from any airport in the Dominican Republic and Canada.
For his part, the head of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), José Marte Piantini, highlighted the efforts of President Luis Abinader to create more opportunities for national air transport operators.
“This agreement will improve direct connectivity between the two States and will boost air transport as a tool for the promotion of tourism and trade, vital for the country’s economic development,” he emphasized.
The Canadian ambassador to the country, Christine Laberge, considered that this agreement will contribute to excellent bilateral and commercial relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada.
“These relations will bring great economic benefits not only in tourism but also in areas such as mining, financial services, energy and manufacturing for Dominicans”, said the ambassador.
The diplomat reported that in 2022 approximately 715,000 Canadians arrived in the country from Canada to enjoy its beaches, good weather and the warmth of its people.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to the tourism sector of the Dominican Republic and, therefore, to the economic well-being of all Dominicans”.
The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, assured that President Luis Abinader’s vision is to improve air connectivity and congratulated the signing of this transcendental agreement, affirming that it will strengthen the tourism relationship with Canada.
Canada is the second most important country in terms of goods exported by the Dominican Republic. Last year, 9.2 million kilograms of cargo were exported by air to Canada, valued at USD 37.2 million; 94% of the total weight was in vegetables, with 8.6 million kilograms.
This agreement was reached after negotiations and technical agreements carried out through the JAC as of February 18, 2021, when President Abinader granted full powers to the president of the Civil Aviation Board of the Dominican Republic, so that, on behalf of the Dominican State, he could sign the Air Services Agreement between the two countries.
Present were the Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Alvarez, as well as airport representatives and commercial airline executives, among others.
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