The European market continues to prefer the Dominican Republic as a long-distance destination, this time, a new direct flight is incorporated, from Edelweiss airline, from Zurich, Switzerland to Puerto Plata, reaffirming confidence in Quisqueya.
The flight, operated on an Airbus A340 aircraft, arrived at the Gregorio Luperón Airport with 127 Swiss passengers, which was received by the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) and Dominican Airports Siglo XXI (Aerodom).
Berd Bauer, Edelweiss CEO, stated that he is pleased to be able to resume these operations, which begin with a weekly flight, on Fridays, and hopes to increase its frequency in the future. He stressed that the Caribbean is a strategic region as a destination and that the Dominican Republic has a great tourist offer for the Swiss.
Urs Schnider, the Swiss ambassador to the Dominican Republic, expressed that it is a pride to receive a direct flight from Zurich to Puerto Plata, the cradle of tourism in the country, due to the characteristics of each of its cities, beaches, mangroves, cable car and for the many other attractions it has.
“This is a country with many tourist potentials and I have always felt very safe in it, therefore, I believe that Edelweiss, too, made the good decision to establish direct flights to Puerto Plata, to make it easier for tourists from Europe to visit this wonderful corner of the world”, said the Swiss ambassador.
Schnider explained that in 2019 before the world was impacted by Covid-19, about 33,000 Swiss arrived in the Dominican Republic.
“After the reopening and security measures implemented by the authorities of this Caribbean destination for tourists and travelers, Edelweiss was the only European airline that had a commitment to the country and that flew to its traditional destination, Punta Cana, and today it does so with Puerto Plata”, he indicated.
The Vice Minister of Service and Quality of Mitur, Roberto Henríquez, stated that, with the incorporation of this new flight to the country, hotel occupancy increases, contributing to the growth of the sector in the arrival of tourists to the Dominican Republic, which in June received 350,000 visitors, generating in turn, more jobs and dynamism of the economy.