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Seaborne Airlines to launch PR/DR route in December

Seaborne Airlines will fly to the Dominican Republic before year's end. Seaborne Airlines will fly to the Dominican Republic before year’s end.

Seaborne Airlines announced Tuesday it will launch a new non-stop route from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to La Romana International  Airport in the Dominican Republic starting Dec. 12th. The flights will initially operate Thursday and Sunday, then on March 15, 2014 will operate seven days per week, company officials said.

The route will fill the void left by American Eagle earlier this year. Seaborne began negotiating with Dominican Republic officials in July, as this media outlet reported.

“Seaborne is delighted to be bringing the on-time, service we are becoming known for to the Dominican Republic,” said Gary Foss, Seaborne’s president. “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 will operate a roomy 34-seat Saab with two pilots, a flight attendant and in-flight service on the route that departs San Juan at 1:15 p.m. and returns from the Dominican Republic at 3:15 p.m.

“We are very pleased with Seaborne Airlines’ announcement of a new San Juan – La Romana route. Improving air access is a key component to increasing passenger visits to Puerto Rico from the current 8.5 million to 10.0 million annual visits within the next five years,” said Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla “Furthermore, we are excited to be increasing air traffic with the Dominican Republic as we look forward to strengthening commercial ties with our neighbors.”

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