Come Nov. 16, 2016, Pawa Dominicana—the flagship airline of the Dominican Republic—will operate a new route between Miami from Santo Domingo, making it the first Dominican airline to offer regular flights to the U.S. in more than 20 years. Tickets are now available online for the twice-daily Santo Domingo-Miami service, which will be offered seven days a week.
In addition to offering competitive rates starting at $323 roundtrip, Pawa Dominicana is enticing guests with onboard amenities. “Our value proposition is to not only to become the Dominican Republic flagship airline, but to become the preferred airline for those traveling in the Caribbean,” said Daniel Castillo, USA country manager for Pawa Dominicana, at a press conference held last month announcing the new service. “To accomplish this, we are focused on three elements that make the passenger experience—gastronomic offerings are one of those priorities.”
Dominican chef Ines Paez (a.k.a. Chef Tita) has been tapped to create the airline’s gastronomic goodies with a Caribbean twist. In addition, Pawa Dominicana will offer an open bar throughout the flight serving Dominican alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including Dominican Rum, beer and coffee.
The Santo Domingo-Miami flights will depart from Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) at 10 a.m. and 6:15 p.m., and from Miami International Airport (MIA) at 5:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
“We have the earliest departure from Miami and the latest departure from Santo Domingo,” says Castillo. “This means business travelers and tourists can be in Santo Domingo before 9 a.m. and can take better advantage of their visit by leaving at 6:15 p.m., the latest departure in the market from Santo Domingo to Miami.”
In addition, the Dominican airline is working with U.S.-based tour operators, primarily in Florida for now, to create packaged vacations that will be announced at a later date. Phase two of Pawa Dominicana’s expansion plan includes flights from New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, visit pawadominicana.com.