Dominican airports handled a total of 816,813 passengers in May, which represents 69% of the total passengers that passed through the country’s terminals in May 2019, according to the Civil Aviation Board reported on Wednesday (JAC).
The figure also represents an improvement compared to April 2021, which had closed with 57% of passengers arriving in the country compared to that same month of 2019, the entity reported in a press release.
The president of the JAC, José E. Marte Piantini, pointed out that the entity has approved a total of 138 flights under the modality of special permission that will operate from June to October of this year, and that “they represent direct income for the country estimated by an amount of 77.6 million dollars”.
The board also knew and approved a total of 1,601 charter flights that will be operated from this month of June to October of this year and that represent direct revenues estimated at 686 million dollars.
The president of the JAC assured that “with the approval of these special flights to and from the country, it is confirmed that the Dominican Republic is a destination that has a lot of potential in terms of growth in the midst of the pandemic”, says the note.
The Civil Aviation Board grants special permission to already established airlines to operate routes that are not contained in their operating permits, with the aim of exploring their commercial viability to regularize them in the future.
Among the 110 special flights approved, 80% will communicate the country with Russia through the routes between Yekaterinburg and Punta Cana and between Novosibirsk and La Romana, and Punta Cana, operations that represent a contribution of 39,000 new seats in the period from June 23 to October 29, 2021.
It is expected that by the end of 2021 the country’s airport terminals will reach a total of 9.2 million passengers between entries and exits, which would represent a recovery of 64% compared to 2019, during which 14.5 million passengers were registered.
These 9.2 million passengers would mean an estimated contribution to GDP of around 8.4 billion dollars