US Airways ends serice to SDQ
US Airways will stop flying Santo Domingo-Philadelphia route in September 6.
They also will reduce frequencies to PUJ from Philadelphia and Charlotte.
no changes Punta Cana-Boston route for now.
Well another to the list.
El Tigre de DR1 - Moderator
Another one bites the dust! OBAMA BETTER DO SOMETHING QUICK!!!!!!!
Dominican republic has to wake up and take quick actions or their airports will be left empty. the landing fees and fuel prices here have to be reduced.
El Tigre de DR1 - Moderator
Can someone with inside knowledge share with us how much it will cost let's say delta to land their 757, refuel and restock in the d.r. vs. other caribbean latin american countries?
I have a feeling that the DR government, since they are not seeing the writing on the wall(many flights to the DR are being canceled, fuel prices skyrocketing, a recession literally right around the corner) are not going to do anything about lowering their taxes and fees, which are some of the highest in the world for international air travel.
Originally Posted by AZB
I do believe they would rather have nothing than take a cut out of their revenue.
US Airways is not ending routes only on DR. they will stop flying to all smaller airport in US, just like American, United and Continental.
Originally Posted by davidleemac58
US Airways will put out of service close to 30 aircraft, United will put off 65 aircraft.....
eee.... who is blaming the US Carriers?
Wake up! This is a test of your ability to adjust to economic conditions and save the country's economy.
Typically, Dominican governments are ambivilous to the threshold point on taxes. That is to say, the point where higher tax rates cause the volume of business to decline to such an extent that the higher taxes actually result in lower government revenues. Well, we're at that point now in the airline industry which, last I checked, brought the tourists that are such a large part of the country's economy.
As in the US, the Dominican government is currently enjoying a windfall in fuel tax revenues. Since taxes are a percentage of sales rather than a fixed amount per gallon, the exponential increase in the price of fuel has resulted in an exponential increase in tax revenues. But, as you can see, that will not last. Accordingly, you can afford to reduce the tax percentage rate and, due to the greater sale price of fuel, still collect greater revenues.
Look, you know that Dominican government taxes are largely parasitic anyway -- given that such a large percentage of the revenues go to no-show jobs, bullsh_t non-starter projects, graft, etc., rather than to infrastructure or competitiveness (same as in the US, only more so). But any smart parasite knows that if you suck too much blood, the beast dies, and then you die too because there is nothing left to eat.
So please do all you can to make your government among the best in DR history. Make it a smart parasite. With all due respect, Sr. Presidente, think about it. But not for too long.
I bought two tickets to Spain today. Over 50% of what I paid was taxes.
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