In one week Russian airlines will start flying to three destinations in the Dominican Republic, a decision that benefits the Caribbean country, but may harm one of its neighbors: Cuba, because tourists from the Eurasian country could change Varadero and Cayo Coco for Punta Cana.
Earlier, Azur Air began flights to La Romana on August 9, with the intention of boosting the arrival of tourists and opening up to commercial exchange, a long-standing desire of the Caribbean nation’s ambassador in Moscow, Hans Dannenberg Castellanos.
At the same time, two other airlines, Nordwind and Royal Flight, have been authorized by the Dominican Government to operate from Moscow to Puerto Plata, Samaná and Punta Cana, while Russia’s flag carrier, Aeroflot, is authorized to fly to the last of the three destinations.
In recent days, the diplomat clarified that “we are open to any other airline wishing to fly to the Dominican Republic both on a regular and charter basis. We have an open skies policy with Russia”, and added that “any airline requesting other routes would be authorized immediately, in less than 30 days”.