Tourism December 1, 2021 | 4:31 pm

Dominican Republic refines its action plan to streamline passenger flow at airports

The Airport Department, together with Dominican Airports Siglo XXI ( Aerodom ), held a working meeting to validate the level of preparation of the measures established by the Action Plan for the High Season 2021, to facilitate the entry and exit of passengers through the air terminals in the country, safely, regarding the increase in Dominican and foreign travelers registered in these months.

This meeting was held at the International Airport of Las Américas, José Francisco Peña Gómez ( AILA ), and was led by Víctor Pichardo , executive director of the Airport Department; together with Mónika Infante , general director of Aerodom.

Also participating was the general director of the Specialized Corps in Airport Security and Civil Aviation ( Cesac ), Carlos R. Febrillet Rodríguezthe director-general of the National PoliceEduardo Alberto Thenthe director-general of the Tourist Police ( Politur ), Minoru Matsunagaas well as representatives of the different entities that affect airport activities.

The set of measures, prepared by the Airport Department in coordination with the Tourism Cabinet, establish that airport operators coordinate the scheduling of flights with government agencies that intervene in airports each week. Likewise, in airports that have more than one terminal, as is the case of AILA, simultaneous flights will be distributed equally between the terminals to avoid passenger congestion within the airports.

Likewise, it is instructed to guarantee the availability, operability, and comfort of the spaces arranged for passengers, visitors, and users of the terminals, including air conditioning, lighting and signaling, and cleaning. Likewise, organize the flow of passengers to maintain distancing in the areas of migration, customs, and counter of the airlines in the airport terminal.

The state agencies, together with Aerodom, reiterated of vital importance to continue with the strict compliance with the necessary procedures of temporary health contingency regarding Covid-19, arranged by the Ministry of Public Health.

The current protocol establishes that only one person is allowed access to the terminal to search for or dismiss a passenger as part of the measures that are being applied since July 1, 2020, as indicated by the health protocol.

In that sense, the authorities of the airport industry will review the measures and actions before the increase in travelers from next December 15, when the high season begins for the Christmas festivities.

Aerodom reported that they remain attentive with those flights from countries affected by the new Omicron strain.

While passengers pointed out that new measures must be applied as a matter of urgency at airports.

The previous protocol in these terminals contained distancing between people, signs, in addition to a single companion or family member for travelers.

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John Kansas
December 2, 2021 8:42 am

About time. Las Americas is on big chaos! Not enough staff and people are allowed to skip the long lines.

Mark Smith
December 2, 2021 8:58 am

It’s true about delays at your airport both on arrival and departures ,been there 6 times in past 10 years it seems to got worse each time longer lines very uncomfortable with heat factor .we love Dominican republic but we are considering other destinations

Angela Corriere
December 2, 2021 2:38 pm
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I just got back, took less than 10 minutes to get through when we landed and even less when we departed.

Barbara Kaczor
December 2, 2021 3:48 pm

We went for vacation from 7 to 14. Because of the problems at O’Hare we missed our flight on Sunday, then on the way back there was so much people at Punta Cana airport and so big mess there, that only thanks to the wheel service which we had for my husband, we were able to leave. And I have been to D.R. many times before, I love vacationing there but right now it’s scare me to even think about going through travel like that again. Horrible!!

James haney
December 2, 2021 6:22 pm

Past three times my wait was 45 minutes. Flights arriving to close to eack other causing lond delays and lines. No more than four officals to check in 300 or more people.

Francisco Tavarez
December 6, 2021 1:27 am

Dominican Republic, violating people rights by mandate people vaccine to enter the country

Soggy Dollars
December 10, 2021 8:27 am

No vaccine needed to enter DR. No test needed to enter the DR. This is one of the last places that allows travel without those two things.

juan
December 9, 2021 1:51 am

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