The Dominican Republic has become one of the airliner’s most important “markets of interest” in the region. Nicolas Ferri, vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, said that Puerto Rico and New York City will complete Delta’s strategic development triangle for expansion. Ferri explained that the decision to expand is already underway, especially now that Delta has added two additional flights from New York City to Santo Domingo and Santiago, the country’s second largest city.
Delta is working to double the number of passengers which it is currently carrying between New York, Santo Domingo and Santiago.
Delta flies from Kennedy Airport to Santo Domingo at 8:30 a.m. (DL487) and 8:30 p.m. (DL493). From Santo Domingo to New York, flights are at 2:00 a.m. (DL488) and 1:40 p.m. (DL494). From JFK to Santiago: 8:10 a.m. (DL549) and 9:10 p.m. (DL555), and from Santiago to New York at 2:02 a.m. (DL556) and 1:15 p.m. (DL550).
During a conference on tourism, organized by LatinVision in New York City, Ferri explained that the new flights will facilitate business travel between New York, Santo Domingo and Santiago, especially now that there is growing interest from US investors in the Dominican Republic. The airline will also meet the demands of the growing tourism sector and that of the dynamic Dominican community in New York.
Better service at JFK
Delta is also working on the expansion of its section in Terminal 4 at JFK Airport. The expansion will improve current service and accommodate the increase in the number of passengers.
The customs and immigration areas will also go through a major overhaul. Sarah Lora, general manager of Corporate Communications for Delta, said that the new facilities will be ready in May, and will clearly improve overall facilities, including shops, restaurants and other services.