Two airlines from the Dominican Republic, Pan American World Airways (PAWA) Dominicana and recent startup Dominican Wings, announced plans to launch flights into Miami International Airport. It will be the first U.S. route for both airlines.
Dominican Wings will commence their service on September 29 operating once weekly flights from Miami to both Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. The carrier, which is a subsidiary of Lithuanian firm Avion Express, operates an Airbus A320 aircraft.
PAWA Dominicana whose rebirth started just over a year ago, will begin two daily flights from Miami to Santo Domingo on November 16. The airline will begin its service on November 19 using a 160-seater MD83 the route that is currently served by American Airlines.
When Dominican Wings received the FAA green light back in June, James R. Jallinsky, manager of the Flight Standards International Field Office for South America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East said, “It was time for a Dominican operator to provide services to the US, this hasn’t been possible for a long time. This achievement fills us with satisfaction.”
The Dominican Republic is currently Miami’s fourth-busiest international market, with more than one million total passengers annually, airport officials said.
“The new service will provide a boost to one our top international markets, and continue our push towards a strong finish in 2016,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said in a statement.
Miami is an major hub serving 103 passenger and cargo carriers, the most of any U.S. airport.