Tourism August 12, 2023 | 12:00 pm

JetBlue strengthens its dominance in the Dominican Republic, its largest market outside the U.S.

Santo Domingo.– Forty percent of flights departing from the Dominican Republic to the United States are operated by JetBlue, as the airline operates 33 daily flights between four airports in the country: Las Americas, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Santiago.

The airline operates 990 monthly flights spread over six U.S. airports, while 24 of the 33 daily departures are to New York City and Boston.

In this regard, Robin Hayes, CEO of the airline, said that 8% of all flights they work with arrive from the Dominican Republic, making the country their most significant market outside the U.S. Hayes said they are looking to increase their strength, services, and operations here.

He indicated that they are currently looking to increase their strength, services, and operations in the country and, to that end, have taken several steps to improve processes in the Dominican Republic.

He stated that he is looking to directly supervise the service to identify improvements that need to be implemented, according to Diario Libre.

“The most important measure they have taken is to facilitate that pilots and flight crew members have a place to sleep and rest in the Dominican Republic so they can fly the next day,” he added.

Another of the measures will be to add more time between the departure time of one flight and another so that passengers have more space to get off the plane, pick up their bags and calmly board the next flight.

“Before, the crew would travel to Puerto Rico or New York so they could take their rest hours,” Hayes said.

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Hog
August 12, 2023 12:31 pm

They have gone to shit, a minute ago.

Jay
August 13, 2023 8:38 am

I will stick to American Airlines.. I will pass on jetblue I value reliability.

Paul Tierney
August 13, 2023 9:03 am

Guess, this is JetBlue’s push back to the negative press it has been receiving regarding flight delays and cancelations causing stress to their Dominican passengers.

Jose Antonio Hernandez
August 14, 2023 12:45 am

I remember Américan Airlines was the dominant air carrier at Dominican Republic and now jetBlue taking the place left by American Airlines

Paul Tierney
August 14, 2023 8:35 am

American was the dominant air carrier. When it dropped many direct nonstop flights to the RD from the US… it was the window of opportunity for JetBlue to step in.

Last edited 9 months ago by Paul Tierney
Giuseppe Guarino
August 14, 2023 3:22 pm

I have been a Trublue member for decades and keep my credit card with JetBlue. I travel back and forth at least 4 times a year, from Boston to Santo Domingo, and I am not happy with the service on board, and the departure time of the direct flight .Always at night.
Need improving better service on the plain.Add more day flight and not just night flights.
Please do something.

Manny
August 14, 2023 9:26 pm

People don’t notice that the more dominance JetBlue has over Dominican Republic flights, the more we have to depend on them. This also means, that we have to pay whatever prices they want to charge for the flights because we won’t have any other choice but to pay whatever JetBlue wants to charge. When the Holidays come around a round trip ticket can cost over $2,000. $2,000 for a flight that’s a little over 3 hours. A family of 4 can’t come visit their family because of JetBlue’s over pricing. I believe this is something Dominican Republic officials should consider and discuss with Robin Hayes before they give so much power and control to one airline.