Top official touts US pre-check on Dominican soil
Santo Domingo.- The agreement between the United States and the Dominican Republic on air pre-checking for travelers leaving the Caribbean country will benefit tourism and the security of both nations.
According to the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, the pre-check is of national interest and “this would be a resounding and forceful boost to Tourism in the Dominican Republic. We believe in and support the pre-clearance (pre-check).”
Collado emphasized that tourism in the Dominican Republic needs this approval as soon as possible.
The head of Tourism spoke in the monthly meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (Amchamdr), where he highlighted the recovery of the sector and assured that the statistics they have for April “are amazing.”
But the Constitutional court found the agreement to be inconstitutional so whats the plan? this thing has been going around for 8 years now.
The problem with that agreement is that gives the US marshals power to act in our country as if it were in the US. The agreement has to be equal and those American TSA employees working on the airport should only have diplomatic immunity just like the rest of the diplomats working here in the country. We should not under any circumstances give up our sovereignty
This will be a boon to Dominican tourism. RD and US Customs/Immigration processing and screening of travelers at the departure airport will lessen the travel stress on them. No having to go US international hub airports to be greeted by long lines. It will open up domestic airports In the US to receive direct flights from the RD. It allows the airlines can get more inventive with new routes which will have an influence to reduce airfares.
Very few domestic airports have direct flights to DR. The bulk goes through the international airports with special offramp for the high price customers
There are no planned direct flights into the RD from domestic US airports. The pre-check permits airlines to fly into the RD from a US international hub such as Miami and a direct return to the US to cities having domestic service airports such as Birmingham AL or Des Moines IA without a stop and/or connection at an US international hub airport. It allows the air carriers to shuffle aircraft and crews to their better advantage while opening up new market areas for potential tourists.