SANTO DOMINGO.- Barahona and the impoverished Southwest could get the boost their fledgling tourism industry needs starting July 4, when the regional carrier Air Century begins its three weekly flights to the Maria Montez International Airport.
Four planes which can fly 19 passengers each will ply the Santo Domingo-Barahona-Punta Cana route at a cost of US$$65.0, during the first three months of operation.
The announcement came during a Thursday morning news conference, where Barahona Tourism Cluster vice president Polibio Schiffino hailed the province’s "unrivaled" elements to attract niche markets, such as ecological, adventure, health and rural tourism.
Air Century manager Omar Chahin estimates a passenger flow as high as 50% of the capacity of the aircraft. He said the company will evaluate if it would offer another similar period at US$75.0 after the first three months.
The start of flights was announced jointly in the hotel Embajador, by executives of the airline, Barahona and Tourism Cluster, and of the airports management company, AERODOM.