April 2021 became the first month this year in which more than 50% of the air traffic of 2019, the pre-pandemic year, is back. “The Dominican Republic has shown an extraordinary recovery in April in the flow of passengers. This is demonstrated by the number of air operations we have today,” explained this Wednesday, 12 May 2021, the Civil Aviation Board (JAC) president, José E. Marte Piantini, when he released the statistics of the number of people transported to and from the country.
In April 2021, 738,163 passengers were transported (353,125 on inbound flights and 385,038 on outbound flights). This is more than 50% of the passengers transported in the same month of 2019, when 1.3 million passengers were mobilized. Compared to March 2021, the April numbers are up 17% or 107,222 more passengers. Marte Piantini says April is a new record for traffic after the aviation shut down in March 2020.
Marte Piantini highlights that traffic is growing even when European and South American markets continue to be seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and there are travel restrictions.
The segment of friends and relatives has been decisive. As a result, Las Americas International Airport, the capital city airport, leads in international arrivals with 293,807 passengers transported, or 40% of the total. For years, the Punta Cana International Airport had the most arrivals.
The president of the JAC stated that, for the second consecutive month, in April 2021, the country’s six main airports reflected significant growth compared to the previous month.
The four airlines with the highest growth were US-based, led by American Airlines, with 35,253 additional passengers, equivalent to a 32% growth, in relative terms.
Among the European airlines, German airline Lufthansa stood out with 7,891 passengers transported in April 2021.
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El Nuevo Diario
12 May 2021