ACI-LAC congratulates the Dominican Republic for restarting commercial flights

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ACI-LAC congratulates the Dominican Republic for restarting commercial flights
Fri June 26, 2020

The International Council of Airports, Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) recognizes the Dominican Government for its decision to reopen its international connectivity from July 1


"We recognize the decisive handling of the Covid-19 pandemic that has been maintained by the Dominican Government, led by the High-Level Commission for the Prevention and Control of COVID19, and in particular we congratulate the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Public Health, the Board of Civil Aviation and all the entities that comprise it, as well as the National Association of Hotels and Tourism (ASONAHORES) for their tireless work in defining the protocols and processes that will allow a safe restart of activities, "said Rafael Echevarne, Director General of the International Airport Association for Latin America and the Caribbean - ACI-LAC.
The Dominican protocol includes the best international practices in the air transport industry, including the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and those of the Airport Associations (ACI LAC) and Airlines (IATA), guaranteeing health and safety. at each stage of the journey and giving travelers the confidence to fly again.
"We welcome the responsible decision made by the Dominican authorities, which will protect thousands of jobs that depend on aviation and strengthen the economy, having taken the correct provisions to carry out the activities without putting health at risk."
Of the 11% that tourism contributes to the Dominican Gross Domestic Product, 3.83% comes directly from aviation. In more concrete data, aviation paid salaries in the order of AD $ 17,243 MM (0.S% GDP), directly hired 39,716 employees and paid taxes in the order of 0.62% of GDP. Taken to numbers, air transportation represents a gross production value added of more than US $ 900.00, 000.

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