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    It's no secret that Cabarete's (and the north coast) tourism is not what it once was. Over the last decade there's been a string of theories as to why. The latest one that I'm hearing from business owners is that POP airport is the most expensive airport in the DR, which is why the airlines are cancelling flights.

    To me that doesn't make a lot of sense.

    What I understand is that airlines identify a route with demand, work a deal with the airports and offer a flight. They in turn charge as much as they can to offer that flight. The free market system ensures that if the prices (and profit) go up enough, that encourages other airlines to add that route which in turn keeps the prices in check - demand and supply.

    So as a result, the flights to POP are being cancelled because there is a lack of demand, and the few flights that remain charge what they can. If there was a demand, then someone would either start offering a connector flight from PUJ, or another flight to POP from wherever the demand is.

    What I am missing that the business owners look at me as if I'm from space when I say this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    It's no secret that Cabarete's (and the north coast) tourism is not what it once was. Over the last decade there's been a string of theories as to why. The latest one that I'm hearing from business owners is that POP airport is the most expensive airport in the DR, which is why the airlines are cancelling flights.

    To me that doesn't make a lot of sense.

    What I understand is that airlines identify a route with demand, work a deal with the airports and offer a flight. They in turn charge as much as they can to offer that flight. The free market system ensures that if the prices (and profit) go up enough, that encourages other airlines to add that route which in turn keeps the prices in check - demand and supply.

    So as a result, the flights to POP are being cancelled because there is a lack of demand, and the few flights that remain charge what they can. If there was a demand, then someone would either start offering a connector flight from PUJ, or another flight to POP from wherever the demand is.

    What I am missing that the business owners look at me as if I'm from space when I say this?
    Anything is possible where there is unrestricted corruption. Can money in Punta Cana or anywhere else influence corporate and government officials? Never say never.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Anything is possible where there is unrestricted corruption. Can money in Punta Cana or anywhere else influence corporate and government officials? Never say never.
    Anything is possible, but to what end would money in PC what to spend what would be a massive amount to repress a place who's loss of business would not simply mean redirected to PC. People could just as easily go anywhere else.

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    Punta Cana airport is privately owned...and thriving w/ over 60% of incoming flights to the country

    Not a gov't facility like the other airports....

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Punta Cana airport is privately owned...and thriving w/ over 60% of incoming flights to the country

    Not a gov't facility like the other airports....
    So if there was demand for POP, someone would organize a shuttle flight to PUJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    So if there was demand for POP, someone would organize a shuttle flight to PUJ
    There were at least 2 airlines that did run shuttle flights to POP. They both folded up. Not many customers. Small planes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Anything is possible, but to what end would money in PC what to spend what would be a massive amount to repress a place who's loss of business would not simply mean redirected to PC. People could just as easily go anywhere else.
    All I say is.. Never say never. It's a zero sum game. If pop fails, real estate prices fall, so somebody buys cheap.

    Look hard enough and you will see there is always financial windfall for market manipulation. This is multiplied in the Dominican Republic.
    Last edited by Luperon; 02-24-2019 at 01:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    So if there was demand for POP, someone would organize a shuttle flight to PUJ
    I suppose that could happen ---
    If the 'All In' cost was less than POP direct

    hard to imagine that

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Punta Cana airport is privately owned...and thriving w/ over 60% of incoming flights to the country

    Not a gov't facility like the other airports....
    I think you’ll find Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao is privately owned.

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    It's very hard for small, commuter-type airlines with 19 seats or less(and I think that's all the market could bear) to operate with relatively cheap fares. I think it would be too expensive and too much of a hassle to fly PUJ-POP.

    Somewhat of a mystery why a regional jet or larger, like Southwest, doesn't have a flight out of FLL(?). A lot of peope hate connecting through MIA. Competiton woud help bring down fates.

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