The Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic has been recovering well, with Santo Domingo and Santiago, the two main cities, recovering fastest. These cities alone will have nearly 400 departures to the US next week, with the US crucial for the Dominican Republic’s rebound.
According to available data, Santo Domingo’s passengers in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021 – January to March – were down by 31.8%, similar to Santiago’s. This was mainly on the back of rebounding demand from the US. This was helped by the Dominican Republic government and the national bank, which provided insurance to cover coronavirus-related costs for visitors to the country.
Looking at commercial aircraft movements, the airports recorded strong additional capacity from the US, compensating for low seat load factors imposed by onboard distancing with some carriers. Santo Domingo’s movements, for example, were down by just 15.3%.
Santo Domingo’s core long-haul route, Madrid is Santo Domingo’s, will have 13 departures next week across Iberia and Air Europa. Meanwhile, COPA will have 11 departures to Panama City, crucial for connections across Central and South America, rising to 35-weekly later this year.
Of course, Santo Domingo and Santiago revolve around the US. Next week, they’ll have nearly 400 departures to the country – around 60 a day – with American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, and United. Miami to Santo Domingo and Santiago are key routes for American’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Simple Flying showed.
Source: Simple Flying