The first direct flight from Miami, Florida, landed at the Douglas Charles airport of Dominica on Wednesday noon at around 3:18 pm.
Embarking onto making its first presence on the grounds of Dominica, the aircraft flight number 3579 contained 72 passengers, including Minister of Tourism Denise Charles.
While welcoming American officials and congratulating Dominican people, Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit said, “This day mark importance in the History of American-Dominican relationship. Moreover, our government is working tirelessly to make Dominica an eye for nature, and we will make it the best tourist visiting place on earth.”
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Denise Charles congratulated the people of Dominica and stated that “This new service will be a game-changer for the tourism industry in Dominica as it will allow convenient and direct access from mainland US. Furthermore, the decision by American Airlines to serve Dominica affirms the value proposition that Dominica has a tourism destination.”
The flight is curretly scheduled twice a week, but the American Airlines have declared to increase the flight to thrice a week from 10 January onwards.
This direct flight opens many windows of opportunities for the people of Dominica and the United States to have access to each other’s nation.
Dominica is also contracting its International Airport, capable of handling long-haul flights. The construction is undergoing and is expected to complete by 2025.
Moreover, as per the islands’ travel protocols, the vaccinated travellers will be tested upon their arrival, and if tested negative, they will be exempted from quarantine and declared medically fit.
The visitors planning their travel to Dominica have to present a negative RT-PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours.
The Dominican government also advises travellers to follow safety guidelines while travelling to Dominica. The safety protocols include a must 5-day quarantine for those on fresh arrival to the island. If anyone tested positive on arriving, they would face a more extended quarantine period.
This is a substantial historic step that will enhance the economy of the tourism sector as the majority of the travellers arriving in Dominica are from the United States