Arajet Lands in Mexico, Seeks to Connect Latin AmericaBy Sofía Hanna | Wed, 08/10/2022 - 09:32
New Dominican low-cost airline Arajet announced its entrance to Mexico, connecting Mexico City, Cancun and Monterrey to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Its first flight to Mexico City is scheduled to arrive on Sep. 15 at Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) and will fly to Mexico thrice weekly.
Arajet's arrival in Mexico is an opportunity to strengthen flight options for domestic consumers who wish to resume their travel plans to the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, according to Arajet's press release. The airline offers attractive fares, flight safety and attention focused on the traveler's experience. Flights are priced from US$55 for one-way tickets and US$149 for round-trip, taxes included.
"From the Ministry of Tourism, we are committed to the diversification of tourism and the expansion of airspace at fair rates. Thanks to this diversification, we have achieved records despite the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war. Seeing this map of a Dominican airline, which connects Santo Domingo with so many destinations in the continent, shows confidence for the future and is in line with the vision we expressed when we assumed the presidency of [the Central America’s Ministry of Touristic Integration],” said David Collado, Tourism Minister of the Dominican Republic.
In September, the airline will begin flying to: Barranquilla, Cali and Cartagena, Colombia; Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Salvador, El Salvador; and St. Maarten, Aruba, and Curacao. By October, Arajet will fly to: Toronto and Montreal, Canada; Medellin and Bogota, Colombia; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Kingston, Jamaica, establishing a broad route network of 20 destinations in 12 countries in its first three months of operations. The airline does not yet have the permits for flights to the US, but it is " actively working with the Dominican government to obtain the corresponding permits and start service to that country as soon as possible. In this way, we will be able to offer low fares to the Dominican Diaspora, which currently has to pay high prices and is clamoring for a warm and humane service," said Alvaro de Oleo, Vice President of Marketing, Arajet.
The flights will be operated with five new Boeing 737 Max-800 aircraft. In addition, the airline forecasts it will move over 7 million passengers annually in about five years.