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DR and the United States are close to sign an Open Skies Agreement

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The Dominican Republic through the Civil Aviation Board (JAC) advances in the negotiations for the signing of the Open Skies Agreement with the United States.

The deal seeks to increase the air operations of national and foreign airlines to and from any US city, without limits of frequency or capacity, as reported by the president of the JAC, Dr. José Ernesto Marte Piantini.

The negotiations between the two States will establish the conditions for airlines to compete effectively, in addition to promoting more and better alternatives for air transport users. This agreement also contemplates better airfares, in order to have competitive prices for the Dominican market.

According to the Air Policy of the Dominican Republic, air service agreements are negotiated allowing the multiple designation of airlines, which has a favorable effect on healthy competition, and translates into better prices for passengers. In addition, the agreement encourages the creation of more routes and frequencies, and promotes commercial and tourist exchange between the Dominican Republic and the United States.

“We started the process to take another historic step in national aviation and take the strong economic alliance between the United States and the Dominican Republic to a higher level,” said Marte Piantini.

During 2021, with regard to connectivity and incentives for the development of Dominican tourism, the JAC approved 12 commercial cooperation agreements between airlines of different nationalities.

Last year the JAC also approved 48 new routes and flight frequencies, new air service agreements and the ratification and amendment of those already finalized. In addition, 5,491 non-scheduled or charter flights were authorized for exclusive cargo air operations and 5,909 for passenger and combined transport, totaling a general total of 11,400 charter operations.

Likewise, the country also had a significant increase in the number of passengers by air, closing with 10,753,720 people (entry and exit) transported by Dominican airports, which translates into estimated direct and indirect income for the country of 9,926 million dollars and the recovery of more than 400 thousand direct and indirect jobs.

Recently, the country signed through the Civil Aviation Board at the International Tourism Fair, better known as FITUR2021, in the city of Madrid, Spain, the air service agreement between both nations.

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