Arajet, a new ultra-low-cost airline is taking off in the Dominican Republic in September. The re-branded airline which was initially founded in 2014 will first fly from the sunny island to a number of popular Caribbean and South American destinations, and starting in October, to Canada.
Arajet has already acquired a fleet of new Boeing 737 MAX and is selling tickets to its first 13 destinations in 9 countries duringg the initial phase. With frequencies of two to five flights per week and flights selling from $54 to $150 per leg, Arajet is focusing on providing a comfortable experience at low prices.
The first phase of the airline’s launch, set to last several months, will see flights to several South American and Caribbean destinations from its Santo Domingo-based hub. On September 15, the airline will inaugurate its first flight to Barranquilla, Colombia, with flights to other destinations like Cancun and Monterrey also on sale. The airline will also be flying to Central American destinations that have thus far been poorly connected to the Dominican Republic including El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
The second phase will see new routes opened to Montreal and Toronto, as well as Kingston, Jamaica, and Quito, Ecuador. These flights are set to start operating in October, and more flights will be added gradually. With three ticket categories – smart, comfort, and extra – Arajet offers customers high customizability at a low price.
With a focus on low-cost travel, Arajet aims to shake up the airline market in the Dominican Republic and make flying easier than ever before. There is a sense of high expectation surrounding the airline, which has received plenty of media attention in the country. Its launch couldn’t come at a better time when demand for international travel is at its highest in years. It’s also good news for travelers that want to use the Dominican Republic as a home hub for discovering Latin America, a region that the airline will focus heavily on.
The airline’s main goal is to offer affordable flights without compromising quality to popular South American, Caribbean, and several North American destinations. The airline’s brand-new and modern fleet currently includes 5 Boeing 737 MAX – the fourth generation of the Boeing 737 – with a capacity for 189 passengers and 14% less fuel consumption compared to other similarly sized aircraft. Meanwhile, 2023 will see at least 6 new aircraft added to the fleet as the airline expands its flight network.
It’s a great time to be flying in the Dominican Republic. With 7.1 million tourists expected to visit the country by the end of the year, many will be eager to explore other popular Caribbean destinations. Arajet expects to fly over 7 million people over the next 5 years and hopes to bring down prices in the low-cost segment.
In addition to Arajet, other airlines have also announced flights to the Dominican Republic in the coming months. With many people already planning their next fall or winter holiday, several Canadian airlines have published their flight schedules for the winter season, including AirTransat and WestJet, which has added a new Toronto-Samaná route starting in December this year. U.S-based airlines are already flying to the island year-round, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on new offers.
Once operating, Arajat will help further boost travel to the Dominican Republic, a country that is seeing record demand travel, as more than 700,000 tourists stepped foot in the country in July alone.
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