The prominent Canadian tour operator Vacation Express, a member of the Sunwing Travel Group, recently announced an additional weekly direct flight from Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) to Punta Cana beginning in March and running through August.
The new flight will be handled by Sunwing Airlines, the Canadian group’s airline. Currently, Sunwing Airlines operates 36 flights a week to Punta Cana, as well as flights to Puerto Plata, Samana, La Romana and Santo Domingo.
Vacation Express, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, has scheduled the flights for the weekends only.
Last year Vacation Express added several direct charter flights to Punta Cana from Charlotte, Nashville and Cincinnati.
Sunwing Airlines is currently operating 36 weekly flights to Punta Cana: six flights on Mondays, five flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, four flights on Thursdays and Fridays, seven on Saturdays and five flights on Sundays.
Many of the flights originate in various Canadian cities such as Toronto, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Philipsburg, Montreal, Quebec and Saskatoon, among others.
Vacation Express also travels to Puerto Plata, Samana, La Romana and Santo Domingo.
In 2014 the Blue Diamond chain of hotels, a member of the Sunwing Travel Group, opened three all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana (the Royalton, Memories and CHIC).
Punta Cana is by far one of the most popular Caribbean destinations, with some 2.9 million visitors traveling to the region by air.
Punta Cana’s international airport handled 66% of the 4.4 million tourists that traveled to the Dominican Republic last year.
The recently opened hotels are the 525-room Memories Splash Punta Cana, featuring the country’s largest water park; the 470-room Royalton Resort & Casino Punta Cana, featuring ten restaurants, nine theme bars, and a sports bar/snack bar. Also, the 340-room CHIC by Royalton, the chain’s adults-only luxury brand
Canada is the Dominican Republic’s second largest tourism market. Last year, during the month of January alone, 105,764 Canadians traveled to the Dominican Republic by air. During 2014 a total of 706,394 Canadians visited the country, representing 29% of all international arrivals.
Pittsburgh and the Caribbean
More than 250,000 passengers are flying annually to various Caribbean destinations. Cancun (Mexico) and Punta Cana are the main attractions, said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Airport Authority of Allegheny County.