In the midst of an unprecedented expansion in its 12 years of creation, Skyhigh Dominicana began in December 2022 to operate direct flights from Miami to Santo Domingo and then to Santiago de los Caballeros and Punta Cana.
This airline also increased its connectivity between the Caribbean islands, South America, North America and Santo Domingo.
SkyHigh Dominicana has the following certifications: FAA 129 certification from the United States, obtained in 2017, and which accredits it to fly to its 50 states. In 2020 they achieved EASA certification for 36 European Countries, which includes the French Caribbean.
Among other accreditations it holds ICAO with the SHH code and IATA (International Air Transport Association) member, qualifying it for all national and international standards.
DIARIO LAS AMERICAS interviewed Cesarina Beauchamp, commercial director of the Dominican airline Skyhigh, who highlighted the relevance of the Miami market and Florida in general.
“For us Miami was a very important goal. First because of the Dominican community based in this city and then the number of Dominicans traveling from the Dominican Republic to Miami, which is quite large.”
“We were just waiting for the changes in aircraft and the acquisition of new aircraft in May 2022. We started with two Embraer 190 aircraft and then the others arrived. When we had a significant fleet of that aircraft, we executed the expansion of our services.”
“SkyHigh for the last 8 years has been operating in the Caribbean islands and in some South American countries. The connectivity we have achieved from these islands to Miami is also very important.”
“Right now we have almost all flights from Miami to Santo Domingo full. We opened first in December with three flights a week and already since January we have one daily and in August we went up, for five days, to two daily flights.”
“In September, due to many requests, we are going to start direct flights from Santiago de los Caballeros-Miami and Punta Cana-Miami”.
From Santiago de los Caballeros there will be three direct flights a week: Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, and from the city of Providence, Rhode Island, it will be on Thursdays and Sundays, the company also explained in a press release.
Additionally, the airline has included the Venezuelan city of Valencia in its route portfolio. “This important industrial and commercial city becomes our second destination in Venezuela, with two weekly frequencies, every Wednesday and Saturday,” said Beauchamp.
During the interview, Skyhigh’s commercial director added:
“We are now analyzing operating larger aircraft for the Miami market and the trip that takes about 4 hours. So, to make the flight more profitable we need aircraft with at least 200 passengers. We have also thought about the city of Tampa in a direct connection with Santo Domingo, but it would not be this year”.
“It is very likely that by the end of the year we will open San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo. By 2024, we will be working on other flight openings. So Skyhigh is an airline in full development.”
“In the case of Punta Cana, we will start with three flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), because in Miami the Cuban community enjoys this vacation destination very much and we want to offer them this new option. It is very likely that by next summer we will have two daily flights seven days a week. We currently do charters to tour operators in Miami”.
Skyhigh has also added St. Croix, US Virgin Island. With this addition to the already existing route to St. Thomas, the airline will cover the islands with the highest demographic concentration of Dominicans and the frequency will be two flights a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
On the airline’s prospects, Beauchamp explained:
“At the moment we do not plan to move goods, only passengers. But we will study all options to benefit the Dominican community in Miami as well as in our country, the Caribbean islands, North America and South America.
The leading airline in the Caribbean, whose objectives are to continue the development of connectivity and tourism, maintains its focus on comfort, safety and customer service, and strives to exceed the expectations of its passengers on every flight.
Skyhigh has implemented strict safety measures and sanitary protocols, with a fleet of modern aircraft and a highly specialized staff that turns its services into an exceptional experience.