The affordable air-carrier JetBlue has just announced a new flight path connecting Boston, the U.S.A with Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
This new route was established after a meeting between the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in Boston, Ramon Antonio Cruz, and the director of the Civil Aviation Board, Jose Marte Piantini. Officials from both countries travelled to the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in Boston to officially open the JetBlue B6 785 flight, bound for Gregorio Luperon International Airport in Puerto Plata.
Ramon Cruz stated that the new flight path would have a “significant impact” on tourism within the Dominican Republic, allowing Dominicans residing in the New England region of the U.S to “enjoy yet another destination of our beautiful Quisqueya”.
The excitement of the new air route was also shared by the Vice-Consul General of the Dominican Republic, Luis Estrella, who revealed that JetBlue decided to take on this new route after 17 prior test flights: “[JetBlue] will move an average of 1,300 passengers per month to this important destination, bringing the Dominican family and tourists even closer”.
Sandra Palmer, JetBlue’s General Manager of Airports Operations, Natalie Martinez, manager of Government Affairs and Raul Cepeda, an official of the Dominican Consulate were also present for the departure of the flight.
Currently, JetBlue offers a variety of flights from major cities in the U.S to the Dominican Republic, including New York, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. Currently, American Airlines is the only other competitor flying from Boston to the Dominican Republic, to airports in Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.
However, these routes often include a layover elsewhere in the U.S or the Caribbean, whereas JetBlue offers non-stop flights on a weekly basis.
Furthermore, JetBlue aims to fly from Boston to Puerto Plata – an airport in the Dominican Republic that is known for its proximity to stunning coastlines and historical architecture. In comparison to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, Gregorio Luperon Airport in Puerto Plata has far less flights.
This is due to the dimensions of the airport, as it is not as big as Punta Cana International Airport or Las Americas International Airport. Therefore, the new flight path from Boston is perfect for American tourists who may not otherwise get to visit Puerto Plata.
The city boasts stunning natural landscapes, from white sandy beaches to rich, tropical rainforests complete with waterfalls and cave systems. There are also numerous excursions to be taken from the island, such as a trip to Isabel de Torres for snorkelling, scuba diving and more.
The low-cost airline has also strived to improve its service aboard, after receiving complaints from customers about delayed flights and staff shortages. Upon an investigation of the delayed flights by the Dominican Aviation Board, the air carrier has worked to make improvements on various routes between major U.S cities and Dominican airports.
The company currently operates more flights than any other U.S airline to a host of destinations in the Dominican Republic, including Punta Cana International Airport and Las Americas International Airport. The improvements that are expected to occur have since been addressed in the airline’s current plan to hire more flight crew for the summer holiday season.
All eyes are now on the air carrier as it has been selected to make the first flight out of Gregorio Luperon Airport on May 20th, after extensive repairs to the airport’s runway. With the launch of the new flight between Boston and Puerto Plata, there is now the potential for even more JetBlue routes to be established between the U.S and the Dominican Republic.
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