|December 12, 2006
- New airfield for Monte Cristi
- Air travel agreement
- Delta flight from Atlanta to POP
- Marina and Casino at Ocean World
|New airfield for Monte Cristi
Monte Cristi hopes to attract more travelers with the recent completion of its new Osvaldo Virgil airfield. A fly-in has been scheduled for 16 December, with more than 20 planes from Puerto Rico and another 20 from the DR taking part. The Air Force is preparing parashooting, parapenting and helicopter flight displays. The airfield has a new runway, 1,230 meters long and 20 meters wide, with 4,000 meters of ramp area.
The Monte Cristi airport now becomes the country's closest airport to Miami. Its promoters hope to position it as an alternate airport for small plane travelers flying from the Virgin Islands to Bahamas.
Monte Cristi is at the country's northwestern point, a 270-kilometer drive from Santo Domingo. Its main attractions are the Morro, a camel-shaped summit sliced down with a lovely beach at its base, its coasts and mangroves, national parks and wildlife refuges, scientific reserves and historic monuments. A dozen small hotels and lodgings in Monte Cristi cater principally for adventure tourists.
|Air travel agreement
The Dominican Republic and Argentina have signed an agreement allowing commercial and non-commercial airline travel between the two countries. The agreement was signed by Luis P. Rodriguez, sub-General Director of the Office of Civil Aeronautics (DGCA) and Ricardo Alberto Crielly, sub-director of Argentinean Transport. Rodriguez said that the agreement would allow for Dominican and Argentinean registered airplanes to make regular commercial and non-commercial stops in each country. Rodriguez, quoted in El Caribe newspaper, says that this move would help boost tourism, because of the DR's attraction as a tourist destination. Crielly said that the move should help strengthen ties and improve commercial and cultural relations between the two nations.
|Delta flight from Atlanta to POP
Delta Airlines and the Puerto Plata International Airport will be celebrating its inaugural flight from Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) to Puerto Plata (POP), this coming Friday, 15 December. The new route is part of Delta's plan to become the second-largest US carrier to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The flight begins operating during the peak winter season, facilitating arrivals of Dominican expatriates and tourists from the south and southwest of the United States.
The new flight times are: Flight 256 departs from Atlanta at 11:05am and arrives in Puerto Plata at 3:12pm; the return flight 257 leaves Puerto Plata at 4:14pm and lands in Atlanta at 8:40pm. Delta will be using a Boeing 737-800 for the new flight.
Delta already flies from Atlanta to Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, as well as operating flights between New York (JFK), Santo Domingo and Santiago.
Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) is also served by direct flights from Miami (American Airlines) and Newark (Continental), from the United States.
|Marina and Casino at Ocean World
Sixties surf rock legends The Beach Boys will be performing at Ocean World Marina & Casino's inaugural concert in Cofresi, Puerto Plata this Saturday, 16 December. A major boat show is also planned. Over 2,000 people, most of them movers and shakers from the Dominican business and tourism sectors as well as the government, have been invited to the event. The 100-slip Ocean World Marina is the first full-service marina on the north coast, and now fills a 300-mile gap between the Turks and Caicos Islands and Puerto Rico on the well-traveled route between Florida, the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean.
Ocean World's new Casino complements the marina, with the spectacular Octopus Bar sharing the lower floor with what promises to be Puerto Plata's first five-star restaurant. Las Vegas-type revue shows are held at the casino that features 10 tables and 60 machines. The Lighthouse Lounge at the top of the casino offers incredible views of the area.