MIAMI — Dominican carrier PAWA Dominicana will begin serving Miami from November 16, with two daily flights from its base in Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo.
This is the first destination outside of the Caribbean for PAWA Dominicana, which now serves seven destinations in the Caribbean, plus Caracas, Venezuela under a codeshare agreement with Aserca Airlines.
The Dominican carrier will utilize on its Miami route a 160-seat MD-80.
PAWA enters to compete with American Airlines (AA) on the route. To date, AA offers 20 weekly flights between Miami and the capital city of Dominican Republic. Also, Dominican Wings is set to start serving Miami from Santo Domingo and Punta Cana on September 29.
According to Miami International Airport, Dominican Republic is currently Miami’s fourth-busiest international market, with over a million passengers transported annually.
“Congratulations to PAWA Dominicana, who will join what is already a bountiful crop of new airlines starting service at MIA this fall,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “The new service will provide a boost to one our top international markets, and continue our push towards a strong finish in 2016.”
Before the end of the month, Miami will welcome Scandinavian Airlines, which will launch three weekly flights to Copenhagen and four weekly flights to Oslo on September 28. Also, KLM will return in october to Miami, with three weekly flights to Amsterdam, together with Meridiana, which will launch two weekly flights to Milan in December.