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New Route of the Day – Americas (27 June 2024): Air Europa between Madrid and Santiago de los Caballeros

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Air Europa commenced flights between Madrid and Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic on Thursday 27 June. The 6,715-kilometre route will be maintained 2-weekly, on Thursdays and Saturdays, with its 787 Dreamliner fleet. It faces no competition between the two cities.

What they said

Juan Jose Hidalgo, Chairman and CEO of Air Europa, said: “With this new route, we not only connect Santiago de los Caballeros with Madrid, but with our entire network of European destinations. By launching this new service, we now offer a total of 14-weekly flights between Madrid and the Dominican Republic. I am confident that it will be a success and that we will go far.”

Felix García, President of the Board of Directors of Santiago de los Caballeros Airport, added: “Today is a day of joy and celebration. This route connects us with Madrid and with all of Europe. It represents a conjunction of interests between this airport and airlines such as Air Europa and is part of the country’s modernisation plans carried out by the Government of President Luis Abinader. Our goal is to position Santiago de los Caballeros as a point of international connectivity.”

Air Europa now serves the Dominican Republic twice per day

Located in the north of the country, Air Europa’s new destination is close to two of the most important coastal tourist spots on the Caribbean island.

Launching operations to the Dominican Republic all the way back in 1996, Air Europa currently maintains a daily service to Santo Domingo and 5-weekly rotations to Punta Cana. This year, Air Europa will offer over 391,000 seats on its Dominican Republic flights, up 13% on the pre-pandemic 2019.

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In 2023, the airline handled over 324,000 passengers on its services to and from the Dominican Republic, representing an increase of almost 12% on 2019. All of Air Europa’s flights to the Dominican Republic are served by its fleet of 787-8s and 787-9s.

Air Europe is Santiago de los Caballeros’ only European carrier

Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s second-largest city, while the airport is the country’s third busiest, after Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. Last year, it handled a record 2,021,024 passengers.

The airport mainly serves Dominicans residing in the United States, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Puerto Rico, as well as Haitians residing in the Cibao Region.

Air Europa becomes the first scheduled European operator at the airport, with the remainder being US and Caribbean carriers.

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