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High cost air tickets and domestic mafia will kill tourism at Puerto Plata airport

PUERTO PLATA. – After Puerto Plata Digital website published a story about the high prices of the airline tickets at the General Gregorio Luperon International Airport of Puerto Plata, comments and complaints have not stopped coming so that we published several opinions that have been sent to our editorial via email.

Such is the case of citizen John Acevedo who says that a friend who was visiting with his wife from Miami via the terminal of Puerto Plata had to buy the ticket at $ 820 round trip for each.  Acevedo said the round-trip ticket from Santo Domingo to Miami worth half of the price than it is offered in the Puerto Plata airport, however Puerto Plata is closer in terms of miles and kilometers.

Similarly, several passengers who use this terminal, ensure that several employees of Tourism, Aerodom and even communicators receive “gifts” from American Airlines “to let this mafia sell very expensive airfare which continues to exist”, this represents a serious problem which has scared off thousands of tourists from the Puerto Plata region, but the government authority does nothing about it. While tour operators in the area, condemned thousands of dollars of difference that domestic and foreign travelers have to pay, which does lots of damage to tourism of Puerto Plata.
The businessman Alvaro Rodriguez said that something strange is going on, because an air ticket from Puerto Plata to Miami costs $ 670 when at the airport in Santo Domingo it is $385. Rodriguez compared flights from New York to Puerto Plata says that they are too expensive in comparison with the Cibao Airport in Santiago. You can also add poor physical condition of the Puerto Plata airport terminal. But the strange thing is that the air ticket to Puerto Plata should be cheaper according to miles between Puerto Plata and the United States, which in economic terms an airline uses less fuel then when tracing route to Santiago or Santo Domingo.

In the same vein, a Dominican who spent 20 years living in Switzerland named Jose Mena, also wrote and described us a very sad reality. The travel agency in the European country says that going to the Dominican Republic for the airport in Puerto Plata is way too expensive, because of abusive air ticket costs and unsafety for guests. Mena says that he does not understand why to buy tickets in Switzerland are cheaper than in the Dominican Republic and that for a family of three traveling to DR you must pay 800 thousand Swiss francs, which is what charged at the local airport. He added, “not to mention some hotels who cheat tourists with foreign shares to snatch the money even offering things that are not there.”

Despite the above described problems the authorities are doing nothing, in the meantime the situation is destroying part of local tourism, and to make matters worse the president of the Tourism of Puerto Plata and Dominican Airport representative Siglo XXI (AERODOM) do nothing.

Source: Puerto Plata Digital

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Last updated October 26, 2016 at 10:54 PM
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