Haitians flying from PUJ to Chile
An estimated 4,000 Haitians have been arriving in Chile every month, most taking the Latin American Wings (LAW) flight from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), as reported in MetroRD.
The airline operates two direct flights to Santiago from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, but most Haitians prefer to travel 500 km to take the LAW flight from Punta Cana. On its website, the airline offers the option of a bus trip from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana.
The reason for the preference of the Punta Cana flight over that from Port-au-Prince is that the latter costs US$1,275, while from Punta Cana the flight costs around US$815. The airline flies four times a week from PUJ and twice a week from Port-au-Prince to Santiago.
As reported, Haitians who have settled in Chile send their relatives and friends the tickets so they can take the flight. The newspaper reports that the Haitians usually enter as tourists with a round trip ticket, and then overstay, with a view to subsequently legalizing their status. The situation is being reviewed by the Chilean authorities.
The general manager of LAW, Andres Dulcinelly says most of the tickets are purchased online and the airline cannot discriminate against their customers.
Source: DR1, Metrord
Nov 26, 2016
Category: DR News |