Busiest Dominican airport resumes flights as tourists hunker down
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s busiest airport resumed flight operations Thurs., just 24 hours after Hurricane Maria’s winds and downpours prompted its shutdown on Wednesday.
Terminal owner Grupo Puntacana said the first flight to arrive came from Atlanta, followed by dozens from Europe, last-minute rerouted to international airports in Santo Domingo.
Civil Aviation had closed the airports of the tourist regions of Puerto Plata (north) and Samaná (northeast), where the hurricane’s winds are still lashing the area as of noon Thursday. Over 100 flights had been canceled at the various airports.
Hundreds of tourists with suspension of flights are hunkered down in their hotels in Samana Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, or had been transferred to Santo Domingo in hopes of boarding a plane.