After 14-year ban, 1st Dominican airline flies to U.S. territory

Santo Domingo .- Pan American World Airways (PAWA Dominicana) conducted on Monday the first commercial flight by a Dominican airline to U.S. territory, after that country slapped a 14 year ban on local carriers.

Its chairman Juan Carlos Hernandez said PAWA has four scheduled flights to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico from Punta Cana and Las Americas airports on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 3:30 p.m.

He said at a cost of US$18 million, the PAWA’s first flights will be in a Jet Stream 31 with a capacity for 19 passengers and later two DC-9s with seating for 100 people will be added, to fly to Miami, San Juan, Caracas, Curacao, Aruba and Havana.

Hernandez noted that despite global aviation’s difficult situation, PAWA may develop an efficient and profitable.