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Punta Cana International innovates: new automated kiosks and a logistics center in the works

The Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) and the Migration Agency (DGM) announced the airport now has in operation six Automated Border Control (ABC) machines. In a press release, the airport describes the self-service migratory system as the most modern in use in all the Caribbean.

Frank Elías Rainieri, director of the Punta Cana International Airport; Enrique García, general director of Migration; Alberto Smith, director of Landside Operations at the PUJ were present to receive the first passengers to use the system that came on a flight from New York City on 19 October 2020.

The system cost RD$22 million and complements the outbound migration gates installed at the PUJ airport at the end of 2018, making it the most advanced and complete automated processing system in the Caribbean.

“At the Punta Cana Airport we are committed to constant innovation, periodically investing in new technologies to provide a better experience for our visitors. With this new system, we speed up the entry and exit of passengers, offering the most modern service and check-in process in the entire Caribbean,” said Rainieri.

He pointed out that the system responds to the challenges posed by the new Covid-19 challenges, guaranteeing physical distance with less contact between passengers and immigration agents.

The airport has implemented the first phase of the ambitious biometric “SmartPath” project. The same passenger process system is in use at the Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Orlando international airports.

The system processes the entry of the passenger in five minutes with only 8 steps:
• Choose language.
• Specify if it is an individual or group passenger.
• Scan the passport.
• Take a photo.
• Put fingerprints.
• Specify the reason for the trip, detail duration, and address or place where it goes.

The system can process citizens from the US, Germany, UK, Canada, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It offers explanations in English, French, German, Dutch, Swiss and Spanish.

The Punta Cana International Airport remains at the forefront. In February of this year, the Punta Cana International Airport and DP World Caucedo signed a collaboration agreement to develop the first regional Logistics Park and Free Trade Zone at an airport in the region, to develop an air platform for the redistribution of goods for re-exportation.

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20 October 2020