The president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), José Ernesto Marte Piantini, informed that in two years and 10 months the Dominican Republic has mobilized 42,625,597 passengers by means of 343,586 air operations in arrivals and departures, which translates into estimated direct and indirect income for the country of US$39,245 million and the recovery of more than 400,000 direct and indirect jobs.
He emphasized that from the beginning of his tenure as head of the institution, he proposed to increase the country’s connectivity to motivate the arrival of tourists and also to increase air cargo capacity.
He said that from August 2020 to October 2023, the CAB has signed 31 commercial cooperation agreements between airlines of different nations. In addition, 150 new routes have been incorporated in different destinations worldwide.
Also, 40,981 air operations were authorized under the non-scheduled or charter modality, of which 22,212 correspond to exclusive cargo operations and 18,769 to passenger and combined transport operations, according to Hoy.
In addition, the president of the JAC said that another achievement in the last three years is that a total of 14,452 flights have been approved under the Special Permits modality.
He explained that this modality allows airlines to explore routes and demonstrates the attractiveness of the Dominican Republic as a destination in the Caribbean.
He also pointed out that 533 airlines currently operate to and from the Dominican Republic, of which 7 are domestic, 63 are scheduled and 463 are charter airlines.
Two new national airlines have also entered the international market on a regular basis with aircraft with a capacity of more than 100 passengers, these are Red Air and Arajet. Regarding the national airlines, Piantini highlighted the importance of the fact that two of these companies have connectivity with the United States (Skyhigh Dominicana) and with Canada (Arajet).