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July 16, 2013
  • President Danilo Medina tours remodeled Puerto Plata International Airport
  • Damajagua draws 32,360 visitors in first half year
  • Lemurs relocate to Santo Domingo Zoo
  • Seaborne Airlines wants to fly from here to Puerto Rico
President Danilo Medina tours remodeled Puerto Plata International Airport
On Friday, 12 July 2013, President Danilo Medina was in Puerto Plata for the unveiling of the expansion of Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) in Sosua. The expansion cost RD$536 million. The airport is managed by Aerodom, an affiliate of the Mexican company Advent International.
"The truth is that there has been a major refurbishment and expansion to the airport, especially at a time when we want to relaunch Puerto Plata," Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina said at the launch.
Attending for Aerodom were Juan Carlos Torres Carretero, chief executive officer; Monika Infante Hneriquez, general director of Aerodom. Infante said that the RD$450 million invested in the terminal is part of the efforts to improve the standards of the airports, offering new facilities and services for passengers and customers, and in the interest of supporting the relaunching of Puerto Plata as a tourism destination. Another RD$86 million were invested to improve the 17,100 meters of the runway.
As part of the remodeling, new lighting and air-conditioning systems were installed, improvements in the customs and waiting areas of the second floor were made. There were also improvements made at the arrival and departure migration areas with the installation of 17 new counters at 34 check-in positions at the check-in hall. The terminal reconstruction was undertaken by the Puerto Plata firm of Maireni Bournigal & Co. and supervision by Nacional de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (Initec). The expansion encompassed 13,230 square meters of the terminal. It also included the construction of two new floors adding 5,200 square meters for new flight departure areas with capacity to service to flights at the same time.
Also attending the event was Minister of the Presidency Jose Ramon Peralta, Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, Minister of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo.
Damajagua draws 32,360 visitors in first half year
One of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting the central and north coast tourism destinations, the Damajagua Falls continue to grow in popularity. As reported in Hoy, a total of 32,360 people visited from January to June, which is 18% more than last year. 19.6% more international visitors took the tour up the waterfalls this 2013, while domestic travel was up by 12.7%. Most foreign visitors were from the US, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain. A million pesos from the admission funds will be used to build community works for Damajagua.
Lemurs relocate to Santo Domingo Zoo
Made famous by the computer-animated comedy film, Madagascar (2005), the legendary lemur (catta) creatures can now be seen at the Santo Domingo Zoo. The animals have small bodies, long noses, large eyes and very long tails. While native to Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, the Santo Domingo Zoo's lemurs were donated by a zoo in Spain. They are fed yoghurt, fruit, brown bread without sugar and green tea!
The lemurs are the latest addition to the 800 species living in the sprawling Santo Domingo Zoo.
Seaborne Airlines wants to fly from here to Puerto Rico
The president of St. Croix-based Seaborne Airlines, Gary Foss was in Santo Domingo recently for talks aimed at starting flights from Puerto Rico to La Romana and La Isabela airports (the latter is in northern Santo Domingo). The airline plans to begin these flights before the end of the year, in a bid to fill the gaps on several of the routes previously flown by American Eagle and to connect with other airlines serving the Caribbean.
The major obstacles to inter-Caribbean flights are the high cost of aviation fuel, taxation and airport charges.
These flights to the Dominican Republic are part of the airline's rapid expansion across the Caribbean, with growth focused on providing new connecting services at San Juan, PR, says Foss.
Seaborne Airlines is one of the largest employers in the US Virgin Islands. Named the "Best Small Air Transport" serving the US Virgin Islands every year since 2007, it has operated in the Caribbean for more than 19 years, carrying almost 2.5 million customers. With both seaplane and Airport air shuttle operations, all aircraft operate with two pilots under US FAR Part 121 flight rules. Seaborne flies 34-seat Saab turboprops.
The airline has a codeshare agreement for travel between between Puerto Rico and Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands, Vieques, Puerto Rico (VQS) and British Virgin Islands (VIJ).

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