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Regular flight passengers climb in Dominican Republic in first quarter 2010

The Dominican Civil Aviation Board (JAC) recently unveiled figures showing that the number of passengers taking regular flights to the Dominican Republic had significantly risen during 2010's first quarter when compared against the same period in 2009.

Regular flight passengers climb in Dominican Republic in first quarter 2010

The number of travellers taking Dominican Republic holidays seems to have been increasing during this year’s first quarter as the country’s aviation board announced that the number of travellers aboard regular flights rose by more than 473,000 passengers, signalling a 7% rise from last year’s figures.

The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) revealed that the number of passengers aboard regular flights to the Dominican Republic rose significantly with a parallel increase to the number of flights, which rose by 1225, representing a 7.5% when compared against 2009 figures.

Supporting the idea that Dominican Republic holidays experienced an increase in popularity during the first months of 2010, Luis Paulino Rodriguez, JAC’s president, said that the number of passengers on regular and charter flights in the first quarter increased by 126,042, with a 4.8% rise. In addition to this there was also a rise in operations with 2,240 more air operations in the first quarter of 2010 than during the same period in 2009.

"The first quarter new airlines have been authorized to operate in the country, including VRG, Linhas Aéreas, S.A. with a permit to fly from Brazil to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo; and British Airways, PLC, with flights from London to Punta Cana (east)" - Mr Rodriguez informed on a public statement to the media.

Rodriguez also added that several companies were allowed to expand flight services including Air Canada, for routes between Toronto and La Romana; Halifax and Samaná and Montreal-Samaná/Montreal, whereas Corsairfly announced it will operate the Nantes-Fort de France-Punta Cana route, opening up even more opportunities for Dominican Republic holidays to continue to be on the rise.

Furthermore, Jet Blue will also be expanding its services to include the routes New York-Punta Cana and Boston-Punta Cana, also contributing to a possible increase of more passengers arriving at Dominican airports to enjoy Dominican Republic holidays.

On a last note, the official from JAC announced that among the Dominican Civil Aviation Board’s immediate plans they planned a negotiation of new flight agreements with Uruguay, Paraguay, India and Kuwait.

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