Santo Domingo, DO–Arajet, the Dominican Republic’s new low-fare airline, officially launched operations in the Caribbean skies, as per a press release.
Arajet will build a route network of 22 destinations in 12 countries in the upcoming months to expand its customer base.
After two days of successful operations on September 15th and 16th with flights to Barranquilla and Cali in Colombia and to Aruba, Arajet marked its first official flight to San Salvador in El Salvador, in an event hosted by Mr. Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic, and Mrs. Morena Valdez, Minister of Tourism of El Salvador.
“We celebrate the launch of Arajet as our newest national carrier,” President Abinader said in the press release. “Our government will continue supporting Arajet and the overall aeronautical industry to assure its competitiveness and create an air hub that promotes tourism, trade and cultural exchange, and provides an opportunity for all Dominicans abroad to visit their country at affordable prices.”
Víctor Pacheco Méndez, CEO of Arajet, highlighted in the news release that the Low-Fare business model and designation as a national carrier for the Dominican Republic will attract more tourists, increase connectivity, and offer Dominicans the opportunity to travel at lower fares, aboard new aircraft with the highest standards of safety.
“Our mission is to build services for our guests by utilizing a state-of-the-art aircraft fleet with the latest technology, to strengthen and facilitate the country’s connection to the world, while promoting domestic tourism internationally,” Mr. Pacheco noted in the release.
Arajet will continue expanding its operations later this month by adding routes to Saint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lima in Peru, Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun in Mexico and Guatemala City in Guatemala. In October, Arajet will add Curaçao, San José in Costa Rica, Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador, Medellín and Bogotá in Colombia, as well as destinations in North America.
In the next five years, the company plans to transport more than 7 million passengers, generating more than 4,000 direct and close to 40,000 indirect jobs in the region.
The release notes that Arajet has already received 5 of 8 direct leases of new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and has a direct order for 20 new Boeing 737 MAX. The carrier will continue to grow and invest in its fleet, with 15 additional options delivered over the next five years.
Read more in the entire release.