Air Transat has announced that it will be flying to the Dominican Republic from eight Canadian cities for the 2022-2023 winter season. The airline is rapidly expanding its network across several Caribbean destinations. The new flights are in addition to the ones announced earlier this year for the upcoming summer season, meaning passengers on Air Transat can fly year-round to the Dominican Republic.
The airline is one of the best-connected to the sunny island, with flights from many large Canadian cities. In total, the airline will fly from eight Canadian destinations to the Dominican Republic, including Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Halifax, and Moncton. Although the airline already flies year-round to several Dominican Republic destinations, some of the new routes will only become available in early 2023.
The airline is already selling tickets to its new destinations, with the best deals being found on its website. Air Transat currently flies from Toronto to Punta Cana, Samaná, Puerto Plata, and La Romana. Meanwhile, the carrier connects the city of Montreal to Punta Cana, Samaná, and Puerto Plata. Ottawa is also well-connected, with flights to both Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.
For the already existing routes, a round-trip flight from Toronto to Punta Cana or Puerto Plata in December 2022 costs around US $680. Meanwhile, the best deals from Montreal include a round-trip to Samana for $690 in November. From Ottawa, passengers can head to Punta Cana and back for just $625.
Some of the new routes which will be operating in early 2023 include Moncton – Punta Cana as well as the Halifax – Punta Cana route. Return tickets for those flights are priced at between $600 and $700.
The new routes are part of the airline’s international expansion, as a result of which it will fly to around 350 destinations worldwide. The flights will mostly be operated by the airline’s own aircraft, 50 in total, but some may be operated by its subsidiary connectair by Air Transat. “Our clients want and need to fly”, says the airline’s vice president of Networks and Pricing. He also added that “We offer a unique, high-quality and diverse network of routes. Our new routes for the winter 2022 – 2023 season are unprecedented, covering new continents and destinations as we continue to develop our network”.
Earlier this year, Air Transat announced that it would be ramping up its flights for the summer season to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, and Samana. The announcement was a response to unprecedented demand for international travel this summer. Air Transat was also the first airline to land at Puerto Plata’s recently renovated runway alongside JetBlue.
Dominican Republic Seeing Record Airline Passenger Traffic
The Dominican Republic broke its record of international passenger traffic in the first four months of the year when a total of over 5 million people visited the country through one of its airports. The impressive figure is a result of the country’s open skies policy which the government has been implementing for some time, making flights to the island more accessible and affordable for airlines.
According to figures released by the country’s civil aviation board, a total of nearly 18 million passengers flew through Dominican airports between August 2020 and April 2022.
A number of airlines have been adding new flights to the Caribbean destination, including Frontier Airlines and JetBlue. Frontier will be flying to Punta Cana – the Dominican Republic’s top destination – from its Tampa hub starting in July this year. In addition, Frontier also announced the new Tampa – Santo Domingo route with a frequency of two flights per week starting in late June.
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