The Dominican government has managed to obtain authorization from the Jamaican government so that Dominican airlines can operate direct commercial flights between the two territories, which is undoubtedly a important diplomatic achievement.
The Dominican ambassador in Jamaica, Angie Martínez, expressed with great joy that “the authorization to carry out direct flights between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica represents a great diplomatic achievement for our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a source of great satisfaction for this Embassy. It constitutes an important step for connectivity between both countries, which will mark a before and after in bilateral relations, strengthening political, commercial, investment, tourism and cultural exchange relations.
Since last year, the Dominican embassy in Jamaica has had as one of its fundamental objectives to achieve greater air connectivity between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, developing a broad and intense work agenda in Jamaica that includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. , the Ministry of Transport and Mines, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority, among others. The request was even raised by Ambassador Martínez before the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honorable, Andrew Holness.
The Dominican Ambassador admitted that it has been a very hard job, to which she has dedicated a lot of effort and energy since the beginning of her administration “Having a direct flight that connects both countries is a necessity and a dream of the Dominican community residing in Jamaica, of businessmen and anyone who travels frequently between the two countries, who have to pay excessive amounts of money and take up to 20 hours to reach their destination, when we can do it on a direct flight of only one hour».
In the same way, the Ambassador thanked the President of the Civil Aviation Board of the Dominican Republic for his support “We thank Dr. José E. Marte Piantini for his invaluable support throughout this process. The JAC has been key to the success of our efforts in order to achieve this important achievement for the country.”
The favorable decision was notified to the Dominican embassy in Kingston through a formal communication from the Jamaican government.
Ambassador Martínez thanked the Jamaican authorities for all their support, especially the authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Transport and Mines, Senator Audley Shaw, the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Barlett, the Minister of Industry, Aubyn Hill, and most especially to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica, Nari Williams-Singh. In her response letter to Mr. Williams-Singh, she states: