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September 30, 2014
  • Sosua run set for Sunday, 12 October
  • French beauty contestants coming to Punta Cana
  • Delta's new flights to Punta Cana
  • The DR may get pre-clearance after all
  • Air France flights to resume
Sosua run set for Sunday, 12 October
The Sustainable Sosua Association (ADS Sosua) organizing committee is organizing an 8-kilometer run on Sunday, 12 October. People of all ages can compete in a range of categories, including a race for fit athletes, the 'Open Elite'.
The race route begins and ends at Pedro Clisante Street in El Batey.
French beauty contestants coming to Punta Cana
Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia has announced that the Dominican Republic will be hosting the Miss France 2015 beauty contestants from 18 to 25 November 2014. The beauty queens will be staying at the Club Heliades Bavaro Princess in Punta Cana.
During their stay, the contestants will take day trips to local attractions and will also visit nearby La Romana.
A three-minute video of the trip will be shown on TF-1, the leading French TV channel to promote the Dominican Republic to an audience estimated at 11 million people in France, potential visitors.
France is a leading market for tourism to the Dominican Republic. The group will arrive on XL Airways from Paris. Tour operator Heliades is organizing the visit.
Garcia made the announcement during his visit to Paris to attend Top Resa 2014, the leading French travel fair held from 23-26 September.
Delta's new flights to Punta Cana
Delta is launching new flights from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St Paul and New York-JFK to Punta Cana. The airline will be operating the flights on Airbus A320 and A319 planes.
The Atlanta service will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, beginning 11 January 2015.
Cincinnati flights will operate once weekly on Saturdays, launching 14 February 2015.
The Detroit service will operate weekly on Saturdays, beginning 14 February 2015, the Minneapolis service will operate weekly on Sundays beginning 15 February 2015, and the New York service from JFK will operate on Saturdays as of 6 June 2015.
The DR may get pre-clearance after all
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced plans to encourage countries and airports to install US customs and immigration facilities in the next decade.
The Dominican Republic had completed almost all the paperwork for pre-clearance 10 years ago, a requirement that JetBlue encouraged at the time in order to expedite flight turn around, when the US stalled on granting new permits.
Pre-clearance facilities operate in Canada, the Bahamas, Bermudas and Aruba, in the Americas.
At the time though, local airport operators did not insist, preferring to not taint the Dominican travel experience with the often-negative experience of clearing US immigration and customs. It is estimated that passengers would have to arrive at the departure airports earlier in order to accommodate the extra procedure.
The agreements enable travelers to undergo US immigration clearance prior to arriving to the United States.
However, the DR airports that are all privately operated could now enter into these agreements given the new flexible model being offered. New areas would need to be constructed in the terminals for pre-clearance.
Now, US Customs and Border Protection acting deputy commissioner, Kevin McAleenan says there are plans to double the pre-clearance capacity across the globe over the next decade. The announcement was made at the 20th World Routes Development Forum that took place last week in Chicago, USA. McAleenan is promoting a new pre-clearance "flexible model" that would bring security and commercial benefits to host governments. He said as part of the expansion plan the CBP's goal is to pre-clear 33% of all US-bound passengers by 2024.
McAleenan said that the CBP will "administer a process to evaluate and prioritize potential new pre-clearance locations" in October 2014, and interested airports are to then be invited to submit a letter of interest by the end of November 2014.
The US Department of State will prioritize applicant airports in December, before conducting site visits and working with gateways to develop their pre-clearance model, specific to them.
The CBP then intends to start negotiations for new locations in January 2015, with agreements reached between the host governments and the CBP to establish operations 24-36 months after negotiations.
The agency currently permits pre-clearance at 15 locations in Canada, Ireland, UAE, Bahamas, Aruba and Bermuda, and last year, 29% of commercial aircraft and 18% of commercial air travelers arriving in the US were pre-cleared.
Read about the pros and negatives of pre-clearance:
Air France flights to resume
Deadlocked, Air France pilots union (SNPL) announced the end to a 14-day strike that included cancellations of Air France flights to the Dominican Republic and cost the airline an estimated US$25 million a day. The pilots were protesting company support for Transavia, a low-cost carrier that is operating via regional hubs around Europe. The airline competes with low-cost carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair. Air France reported that flights would gradually return to normal from Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

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