With more than 7.5MM of passengers transported
Santo Domingo. The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) released the preliminary figures of the Statistical Report on Aero-commercial Transport of the Dominican Republic corresponding to the first semester of the 2018.
The aforementioned Report indicates that in the January - June period, a total of 7,571,107 passengers were mobilized by the airport terminals in the country in entry and exit operations, representing an absolute growth of 352,386 persons and relative of 4.9% with respect to the same period of the 2017 .
The 89% of passengers transported, some 6,758,318, moved on regular flights and only 812,789 people did so through charter operations. In the same sense, the report highlights the increase of an 7% of the movement of passengers in the regular modality compared with the 2017, due to the regularization of the operations of some charter airlines.
The President of the Board of Civil Aviation, Lic. Luis Ernesto Camilo, expressed his satisfaction at noting that "each of the months of this first semester registered positive numbers", highlighting the month of March with a growth of 9.4%, transporting the record number of 1,401,846 passengers by air.
Other figures from the statistical report of the JAC indicate that a total of 594 air routes were operated during the period January - June, as well as three new airlines entered the Dominican air commercial sector.
As for the routes with the highest passenger traffic, during the first semester of the 2018, New York / Las Américas JFPG and New York / Del Cibao stand out, each one of them transporting 456,184 and 452,769 passengers respectively.
Of the seven airports with commercial operations in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana concentrated 55.83% of the total passengers transported; the remaining six airports reported a total of 3.3 million people in the January - June period of 2018. The Catey (Samaná) and Higüero (Santo Domingo) terminals reported the highest relative growth levels with 20 and 25% each.
Regarding the regional concentration of airport terminals, the JAC statistics show that US airlines dominate in Punta Cana, Las Americas JFPG and Cibao, while in the airports of Puerto Plata and Samaná the Canadian ones predominate, the Italian ones in La Romana and the Dominicans in the Higüero.
Finally, in terms of aircraft movement, the January - June semester recorded a growth of 916 flights compared to the same period of the 2017 year, totaling 54,441 air operations.