American Airlines launches flights to a new destination in the Dominican Republic

American Airlines launches flights to a new destination in the Dominican Republic

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Ramp-up of its Caribbean service, American airlines just unveiled a new direct flight from Miami, Florida to the rising tourist destination of samanain the Dominican Republic. The seasonal route was initially offered from the airline’s base in Charlotte, although it will now benefit Floridians instead dreaming of an island escape.

Largely overlooked by tourists, who normally flock to the likes of Punta Cana Where Puerto Plata for beach breaksSamaná – short for Santa Bárbara de Samaná – is on the Samaná Peninsula, a popular area for whale watching and other water activities.

Cayo Levantado Island Samana Bay Dominican Republic

An unexpected Caribbean destination

Over the weekend, American Airlines customers surprised by announcing new direct flights from Miami (MIA) to Samana (AZS). Although seasonal, the course will be further strengthen connectivity between one of the airline’s southernmost hubs and the Dominican Republic, a country heavily dependent on US tourism.

Samana in the Dominican Republic on the north coast of the Atlantic Ocean

According to Juan Carlos Liscano, vice president of operations at the MIA hub, Caribbean travel demand remained strong despite the two-year long pandemic. In his own words, they are “excited to continue to grow Connectivity from Miami to the Caribbean“. In 2021 alone, when Omicron was still rampant, 37,302,456 passengers passed through MIA.

The numbers are far superior than those observed in 2020, which saw a much more modest 18,663,858 travelers to or from Miami. At pre-pandemic levels, Miami International recorded 45,924,466 passengers in 2019, which means it has already reached around 81.2% of its 2019 figurespointing to an accentuated recovery.

American Airlines plane preparing to take off from an unspecified airport in the United States

Citing Miami bounceLiscano spoke of “additional growth”, especially following the launch of unique new links to lesser-known Caribbean hotspots to like Anguilla and Dominica“and now Samaná”, which he called a “hidden gem” in the region. Samaná will, in fact, be Miami’s fifth destination in the Dominican Republic.

Besides Samaná now some months, Miami residents already had direct ties before in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Santiago de los Caballeros and of course the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. the Samana seasonal flights will be operated by Envoy on a Embraer E175 plane, always on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Miami International Airport facade

In total there are 76 daily flights from Miami to 35 destinations in the Caribbean. American Airlines itself launched 11 additional domestic flights, and six new international routes in 2021, including Chetumal in Mexico. Other Caribbean hubs include Anguilla (AXA), Dominica (DOM) and San Andrés (ADZ).

Is the Dominican Republic worth visiting right now?

Tropical beach at an unspecified location in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a ideal sunny break for Americans right now, because the country has removed all Covid entry restrictions and seems to have moved to treating disease as endemic.

No vaccination certificate, or even Covid tests are required for passengers landing in the Dominican Republic. Despite relaxation of border measurestravelers are still required to complete this online form before flying.

Santo Domingo streets in the historic colonial district, Dominican Republic

The country is also invest massively in its tourism sectorwith a new tourist route combining routes through the DR, Costa Ricaand Panama be in work. In the country itself, the authorities plan to launch at least four new destinations, in particular along the so-called Amber Coast where tourism is not as developed.

Among the four destinations considered, Sosua could see one of the biggest influxes of tourists, due to its proximity to the increasingly popular Puerto Plata. It is also only 4km away from Gregorio Luperon International Airportthat American Airlines already serves year-round from Miami.

Beautiful white gazebo and tropical flower garden against the backdrop of the Caribbean ocean, Sosua, Puerto Plata

Although it has already been launched as a destination, Samaná is not as popular as the main destinations in the DR like Punta Cana or Santo Domingo being served by a much smaller airport.

With the new direct flights from Miami, this could change very quicklyas more and more Americans become aware of its wildlife, white sand beachesand incredibly clear shore.

A humpback whale jumps out of the water near Samana Dominican Republic

On the other hand, the United States recently imposed Tier 4 status on the Dominican Republic as a whole, advising all US citizens not to travel to the Hispaniola nation.

According to the opinion, Covid and crime levels are high, with Americans discouraged from visiting when the purpose is tourism. Regardless of the opinion, Americans can still enter the country at their own risk.

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