Frontier: 34,000 seats Puerto Rico-Santiago flight

The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) heard the request to amend the operating permit of Frontier Airlines, to include the San Juan/Santiago/San Juan-Puerto Rico route as of June 14, 2024 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays of each week, on Airbus A320neo (32N) aircraft, with capacity for 186 people.

José Ernesto Marte Piantini, president of the JAC, said that the airline’s interest is due to the fact that the air connectivity of the province of Santiago is experiencing a marked growth with the establishment of new routes and frequencies.

He indicated that according to and based on the data, it is estimated that, from June 2 to December 31 of this year, the airline will offer 33,826 seats, with which it plans to transport 27,061 passengers.

Importance of air connectivity in the region

“This increase not only evidences the importance of air connectivity in the region, but also the positive impact on the local economy, since the international connectivity offered by the Cibao International Airport is a competitive advantage for the Dominican territory that highlights the impact and strategic relevance in establishing the country as a logistics hub in the region,” said Piantini.

Likewise, the entity learned of Frontier’s request for another special permit to operate flights on the Tampa/San Juan/Santo Domingo/Tampa and Tampa/Santo Domingo/San Juan/Tampa routes, from April 17 until May 4, 2024, with a frequency of one flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, on both routes.

Frontier Mas AsientosLikewise, the members of the full JAC heard the request for an amendment to Southwest Airlines’ operating permit to connect the city of Punta Cana with Baltimore, Orlando, Chicago, Houston and St. Louis in the United States.

Southwest plans to begin operations with Boeing B737 aircraft with a capacity of 143 seats and with B738 and B738M aircraft with a capacity of 175 seats on the requested routes as of June of this year, with a frequency of one flight every day.

Based on the aforementioned data, it is estimated that, from June to December 2024, the requested routes will offer 612,468 seats and will transport 587,153 passengers.

Also, the agency was informed of Rutaca’s request for a special permit to operate on the Maturín/Santo Domingo /Maturín route, from May 1 to August 28 of this year, with a frequency of one flight every Wednesday.


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