According to new statistics, there are more international flights to the Dominican Republic in 2023 than at any point in history.
The record-breaking figure comes as millions of people flock to the sunny island to enjoy some of the best beaches and resorts in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic is expected to beat its previous record for international travel this year, and the country’s major airports are gearing up to welcome even more travelers.
Meanwhile, airlines are constantly announcing new routes to the sunny island to meet growing demand, including JetBlue, the latest U.S. carrier to open new direct routes to the country.
Over 159 International Routes Operate To The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic currently has over 150 international routes, most of them originating from the U.S., South America, and Europe.
The number is all the more impressive when considering the small size of this Caribbean island, home to popular resort hotspots like Punta Cana, La Romana, and Puerto Plata.
New statistics from the country’s number-crunching agency show that 51 airlines operate flights to the Dominican Republic as of January 2023.
The number of carriers flying to the tropical country has grown steadily since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the trend shows no signs of stopping.
The Dominican Republic is especially popular among U.S. and Canadian travelers, and a recent study by Tripadvisor ranks the country as one of the leading international destinations for Americans this spring.
In January alone, Dominican Republic airports welcomed over 1.5 million passengers, a record-breaking number.
The previous record, set in 2019, saw 1.4 million travelers travel via the country’s airports.
The recent signing of an open skies treaty between the Dominican Republic and Canada is likely to boost travel figures even further.
Airlines Announce Flurry Of New Flights
The Dominican Republic appears to be more popular than ever before among travelers that are hungry for a taste of paradise.
A growing number of airlines are responding to unprecedented demand by launching new routes to the sunny island, including U.S.-based low-cost carrier JetBlue.
The airline recently revealed that it would begin operating two new routes to the Dominican Republic in November this year.
The first route will be a daily departure from Orlando to Santiago de los Caballeros, and the second one will connect Orlando with Punta Cana.
This week, Frontier, another popular no-frills U.S. carrier, announced that it would launch two new routes from Santo Domingo to Atlanta and Tampa this May.
Said airline already offers non-stop flights to the Dominican capital from Orlando and San Juan. The new flights will operate twice per week.
Meanwhile, several European carriers have also shown interest in the Dominican Republic, including Wold2fly, which announced a new seasonal flight from Madrid to Santiago de los Caballeros starting this June.
Punta Cana International Airport Makeover To Increase Capacity
While the Dominican Republic is home to several large international airports, Punta Cana International Airport is by far the country’s largest.
Handling some 8 million passengers in 2022, the airport is reaching its maximum capacity, and officials are rushing to complete a nearly $100 million makeover set for completion this May.
The costly undertaking will significantly improve the airport’s facilities, adding over 10 new jet bridges and countless new shops and restaurants.
The ongoing renovation mainly affects the airport’s Terminal B, which houses most international airlines, including those flying from the U.S.
Work is also being done on Cibao International Airport, situated in Santiago, which is set to welcome two new Frontier routes this fall.
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