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November 22, 2005
  • Delta Update
  • Spirit into Punta Cana
  • Air Canada to fly to SDQ
  • Travel to DR up
Delta Update
Delta Air Lines began its non-stop daily flight to Punta Cana from its Atlanta hub on Saturday, 19 November. The afternoon Punta Cana flight is the third Delta route serving the Dominican Republic, the first two being Santo Domingo and Santiago. Delta began flying to Santo Domingo as part of the companyís expansion in the Caribbean.
In what the company describes as one of the largest one-month expansions in its history, Delta Air Lines Punta Cana route inaugural was the first of seven new routes scheduled to begin within the next 30 days in the Caribbean. These seven new routes also include the opening of the non-stop Atlanta-Santo Domingo route effective 1 December. For Delta services to the DR, see http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45212
Spirit into Punta Cana
Spirit Airlines, which seeks to become the leading low-cost carrier to the Caribbean, recently announced the start of its new service to Punta Cana from Fort Lauderdale. The service begins on 10 December and brings low-cost fares to Punta Cana from the southern United States. Spirit is promising to maintain the lowest rates for the Florida connection. The Punta Cana flight comes exactly one year after the airline began flying from Fort Lauderdale to Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo.
This summer, Punta Cana was the sixth most popular international destination for US travelers, according to a survey carried out by the American Society of Travel Agents.
As of this winter, the area is being served by several major US carriers, including American, United, Delta and US Airways, from different points in the US.
For more airline updates on flights to the DR, see http://dr1.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26
Air Canada to fly to SDQ
Air Canada has announced that it plans to introduce a non-stop service to Santo Domingo via Toronto on 17 December. The addition of three weekly flights to the Dominican Republicís capital increases Air Canada's service to as many as 21 weekly direct flights to the Caribbean nation from cities across Canada. Air Canada's new Santo Domingo flights are scheduled to operate three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In addition to the new service to Santo Domingo, Air Canada operates non-stop flights to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana from cities across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, London Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax.
Travel to DR up
Travel to the DR this year through October 2005 is up 7.40%, with 176,752 additional travelers compared to the equivalent period in 2004, according to Central Bank statistics analysis provided by Radhames Martinez Aponte, of the Juan Dolio Tourism Association. Martinez says that the DR benefited from the additional flow of tourists who rerouted their vacations to the DR after their first choice was cancelled due to hurricanes. Punta Cana continues to lead in tourist arrivals nationwide with 47.48% of the total foreign arrivals, or 1,217,219 tourists, followed by Santo Domingo arrivals with 525,660 (20.50%) and Puerto Plata with 494,820 (19.30%) of the total. Travelers from the United States comprise the largest market share, with 46.9% or 1,202,352 foreign tourist arrivals. Travel from the US was up slightly, by 8.19%, with 64,713 additional visitors. Travel from Canada declined so far this year, and was down 6.98% with 25,073 fewer visitors. European travelers made up 45.47% of the total, or 1,165,834 arrivals, up 8.92% or 94,465 more European visitors. Among the European markets, the Spanish outbound market was the most vigorous with 10.33% more Spanish travelers, or 220,191 visitors. French visitors made up the largest share of the European market with 254,802 visitors. Some 187,899 United Kingdom travelers visited, up 12.08% from the same period last year.
For more information on travel statistics, see http://www.bancentral.gov.do/publicaciones_economicas2.asp?...

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