The Dominican ultra-low-fare carrier Arajet believes it is close to receiving authorization to launch flights to the United States. If approved, Arajet could begin servicing New York JFK, Miami, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) – three US cities with large Dominican diasporas.
How close are we?
As Arajet celebrates its first anniversary (it launched flights on September 15, 2022), the airline’s management indicated that the airline is ready to enter the American market. The United States has long held appeal for the airline, and approval would be the perfect birthday gift.
Currently, Arajet offers flights to 20 destinations in 15 countries across the Americas, reaching northern destinations such as Toronto and Montreal in Canada, and cities as far south as Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, and São Paulo. It employs a Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet anchored on its base in Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (SDQ).
But the long-time ambition of Arajet is to launch potentially profitable routes to reach the Dominican diaspora in the United States. Currently, US-based companies such as JetBlue serve most flights between the Dominican Republic and the United States.