The French airline will stop landing its planes on the Caribbean island outside of the winter season from the spring of 2023. A surprising decision, since the destination attracts more tourists than ever.
Soon it will no longer be possible to land, outside the winter season, in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana aboard an Air France brand plane. The French airline is preparing to announce the end of its air service to the Dominican Republic as of March 26, 2023. According to the TourMaG site, which revealed the information, Air France would have already informed certain tour operators of its desire to close this service. . during the spring/summer period. The reason given according to the specialized site? The price of kerosene, whose extremely high cost would no longer allow trips made between France and the island of Hispaniola, located in the Greater Antilles archipelago, to be profitable.
A “seasonalization” of the service between France and the Dominican Republic
contacted by The FigaroAir France has confirmed the next “seasonalization” of the line for spring and summer: “Air France confirms that its connections from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Santo Domingo and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), hitherto operated throughout the year, will become seasonal from the end of the 2022-2023 winter season. The last flights will be scheduled for March 23 and 25, 2023, respectively, to resume at the end of October, for the 2023-2024 winter season.On the other hand, he did not want to express himself on the reason for this sentence. According to the airline, flight schedules are established according to customer demand and are subject to “periodic adjustments”. In 2021, more than 150,000 people flew to the Dominican Republic with Air France. There are some alternatives to arrive in summer:
For Santiago de los Caballeros (Cibao International Airport): you will have to take a flight Iberian with a stopover departing from Orly airport and arriving at the airport. united airlines rotates from Charles de Gaulle airport (also with stopover) and from Beauvais airport, Ryanair with one or two steps.
Land in Punta Cana : you will have to borrow caribbean air and its direct flights from Orly as well as swiss airlines, Lufthansa either air canada starting from Roissy, but with a stopover.
Finally, the capital of Santo Domingo and its international airport, Las Americasremain accessible through Iberian with a stopover in Madrid (or Miami) from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
Tourism on the island, flourishing at the moment, should in any case suffer from this decision. According to the tourism office of the Dominican Republic in France, the country received 5 million foreign tourists on its soil in 2021. A figure already exceeded in 2022 less than three months before the end of the year: since January, 5.3 million of people came to the doors of this destination. It is especially appreciated by the French, attracted by its tropical climate, its virgin beaches and its wild nature.