Seaborne expands to D.R.
Published: October 23, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - Seaborne Airlines will launch a new flight route from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic in December.
Starting Dec. 12, the direct flights will go from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan to La Romana International Airport in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
At first, the flights will operate two days a week, Thursday and Sunday, but in March the route will run seven days a week. The flights will leave San Juan at 1:15 p.m. and return at 3:15 p.m.
Seaborne will use its 34-seat Saab aircraft to operate the route, which includes two pilots, a flight attendant and in-flight service.
According to Seaborne Airlines, La Romana is a popular vacation destination with beaches, golf courses and the romantic village of Altos de Chavon, known as the Tuscany of the Caribbean.
La Romana also is home to the Casa de Campo resort and villas.
"La Romana is the first of a number of markets that Seaborne plans to serve in the Dominican Republic, and the 12th airport Seaborne serves as we continue expansion throughout the Caribbean," Seaborne's president and chief executive officer Gary Foss said in a prepared statement.
To promote the newest route, Seaborne is offering $129 one-way fares to the Dominican Republic, taxes included.
Bookings must be made by Nov. 30 for travel by March 6, 2014.
The Virgin Islands-based airline has been expanding with the help of a $4.8 million loan from the Government Employees Retirement System.
The airline added three Saab 340B aircraft to its fleet in March, bringing its total number of planes to eight. Seaborne also has two seaplanes and three deHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter planes.
With the additional aircraft, the airline has dramatically expanded its service in the Caribbean region.
In the last six months, Seaborne has added nonstop flights from San Juan to Tortola, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
In addition to the new routes and the new planes, the company also has entered into an "inter-line carrier" agreement with American Airlines, allowing the local airline to tap into a global distribution system that will allow customers to book seats on Seaborne through websites that include Travelocity and Expedia and through about 55,000 travel agencies nationwide.
Customers will be able to purchase a ticket from the territory to anywhere American Airlines flies, and Seaborne will handle the first leg of the trip. Baggage will be checked only once, and because of the agreement with American, it automatically will be transferred to the next flight.
Flights can be reserved via SeaborneAirlines.com, Expedia, Travelocity or through a travel agency.
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