More Flights in 2024

More flights will come to the Dominican Republic this 2024. During the ITB Berlin trade show in Berlin, Germany, Dominican Tourism Minister David Collado met with airline executives from Germany and Switzerland for talks to guarantee more direct flights. This is part of the strategies to strengthen Dominican tourism in these markets.

The German airline Condor will operate nine weekly flights from Frankfurt to Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata International airports. Discover Airlines, the new leisure airline of the Lufthansa Group, will operate five weekly flights from Frankfurt to Punta Cana.

From Switzerland, Edelweiss Air will operate three weekly flights to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana from Zurich.

In 2023 the Dominican Republic received 146,242 visitors from Germany, making it the fourth largest tourist source for the country. Switzerland is ranked seventh as a source market in Europe, with 42,514 passengers to the DR.

The first flights into the International Airport in Puerto Plata (POP) came in 1986.

More Flights and Airports

Earlier this year, during the Fitur travel fair in Madrid, the Spanish arline Air Europa had already announced their new bi-weekly flights from Madrid to Santiago’s Cibao International Airport (STI).

Santiago, the country’s cigar capital, is the Dominican Republic’s second-largest city. It is also half an hour away from Puerto Plata’s beaches.

The city’s airport is a major hub for airlines and business travelers from the US and Canada. It is now served more and more by European airlines as well.

Other European Airlines

In 2024, there will be more than 20 weekly flights between the Dominican Republic and Spain. Besides the Spanish airlines Iberia and Air Europa, the holiday airline World2Fly continues to serve the Punta Cana and Santo Domingo airports.

Flights from North America to the Dominican Republic

Daily flights are available as well through several US American and Canadian airlines like American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, United, Air Canada, SunWing Airlines, JetBlue. Since November 2023, JetBlue added Punta Cana and Santiago to its flight schedule. The Dominican Republic is the only Spanish-speaking destination in the Caribbean with four local airports served by the airline.

Just recently, Canada and the Dominican Republic signed a historic ‘Open Skies’-agreement after two years of negotiations. This agreement will remove most restrictions for airlines from Canada and the Dominican Republic operating between the two countries.

Photo Credit: Condor, Aviation Week


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