Santo Domingo.With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Dominican Republic, represented by the Junta de Aviación Civil (JAC), made official bilateral air relations with the Plurinational State of Bolivia, significantly expanding its connectivity with South America.
The signing of the Memorandum was carried out at the headquarters of the JAC between Lic. Luis Ernesto Camilo, President of the Civil Aviation Board and Gen. Célier Arispe Rosas, Executive Director of the Bolivian Aeronautical Authority, representing his respective States.
The ceremony was attended by Lic. Radhamés Martínez Aponte, Vice Minister of Tourism, Dr. Alejandro Herrera, General Director of the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC), Dr. José Valdez, Legal Deputy Director of IDAC and Lic. Pablo Lister, Secretary of the Board of Aviation. The negotiating committee was also composed by Dr. Bernarda Franco, in charge of Air Transport, Mr. Jorge Peña, Legal Officer and Lic. María Luisa Galán, Analyst of International Agreements of the JAC.
The instrument that formalizes the commercial air relations between the Dominican Republic and
Bolivia establishes the free designation of airlines of their respective countries, which may operate an unlimited number of weekly frequencies of passengers, mail and cargo with any type of aircraft with traffic rights up to fifth freedom, after consultation of the parties. In flights exclusively for cargo, seventh freedom of the air rights are granted.
In the same document, the Plurinational State of Bolivia designated the National Bolivian Strategic Aviation Public Company (BoA) to carry out the operations consigned in the route table negotiated between the States, which includes all the airports in the Dominican Republic, as points of origin or destination.
For the president of the Civil Aviation Board, "civil aviation brings happiness to the passengers and prosperity to the countries", at the time of affirming that "the regional leadership of the Dominican Republic in aero commercial matters is consolidated with each air agreement that we sign with sister nations. " The official also recalled that the country has more than 60 agreements negotiated with countries in five continents, which has resulted in a palpable increase in tourism, trade, business, foreign investment and the main economic indicators of the nation .
For his part, General Arispe Rosas expressed his satisfaction with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Dominican Republic, as a result of the decision to make Bolivia's air transport policy more flexible. "This agreement is very important for us", affirmed the Director of Civil Aeronautics of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, motivating at the same time the negotiation of a definitive bilateral Agreement in the shortest possible time.
According to JAC statistics, between the months of November of 2017 and February of 2018, 4,028 passengers were transported from the Bolivian cities of Viru Viru and Cochabamba to the international airport of La Romana. It is expected that after the signing of the MOU these figures will increase significantly.