2000 Travel News ArchiveTravel

New La Romana International Airport

President Hipolito Mejía formally inaugurated the La Romana International Airport. The southeastern airport went up at a cost of RD$421 million. It is the most modern and technologically advanced in the DR. It replaces the Punta Aguila landing field within Casa de Campo. Tourists heading to Dominicus/Bayahibe, Juan Dolio, La Romana hotels, and residents in the cities of La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís and Higuey will find the terminal attractively located. The new airport is located on a 3.8 square kilometer lot. It was built by Moya Supervisiones y Construcciones in record time, 14 months. The airport is located in Batey Cacata, 110 kilometers east of Santo Domingo. It complies with all requirements of the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) of the United States and the International Civil Aviation Organization of the United Nations. The 9,000-square meter terminal’s architectural design gives visitors the impression of entering a sugar mill. Interior decoration reinforces the impression. The owner of the airport, the Central Romana, operates the largest sugar mill in the country. The sugar mill business later diversified into real estate, tourism, cattle ranching and free zone operations. The 2,950 meter long/45 meter wide runway has a 110º -290º, East-West orientation. It has a 245 meter taxi way. The parking area has capacity for 12 large buses, and 500 vehicles. A separate domestic flight terminal is part of the airport. This terminal will be in operation in February 2001. American Airlines flies into the airport from Miami, and American Eagle provides service from San Juan, Puerto Rico. (15 December 2000)