World September 19, 2023 | 10:09 am

AILA: Haitian travelers fill Copa and Arajet seats after border closure

Santo Domingo.-Following the closure of the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti ordered by President Luis Abinader, there has been a noticeable increase in the departure of Haitian travelers to various countries in Central and South America from Las Américas International Airport (AILA).

At the AILA terminal, authorities have observed a significant number of Haitian nationals, including entire families, departing on flights to destinations such as Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. These travelers are boarding regular flights operated by airlines like Arajet and Copa Airlines, which offer services from AILA to these specified destinations. Both airlines have established dedicated queues to accommodate Haitian travelers.

Many of these Haitian travelers belong to the middle class, with some being residents of Santo Domingo, and others having arrived in the Dominican Republic shortly before the border closure was imposed.

An executive from one of these airlines mentioned that there has been a considerable increase in reservations made by Haitian nationals to travel not only to the mentioned countries but also to other nations, particularly in Central America. Flights are operating at full capacity, often carrying entire families.

The closure of air, sea, and land operations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti took effect after President Abinader’s decision. This decision was prompted by the Haitian government’s construction of a canal over the Masacre River, diverting its flow to Haiti at the expense of Dominicans, especially those residing in the province of Dajabón. This situation has led to a surge in Haitian travelers seeking to depart for other destinations in Central and South America.

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September 19, 2023 12:01 pm

Good luck to all the families where ever they may be traveling to.I hope that they will be able to have a happier life than in Haiti. It is impossible for normal people to stand up against armed gangs with weapons financed by criminals. Even in DR, entire barrios are threatened by gangs and delinquents and can do nothing so it must be horrible being harassed by gangs with automatic weapons.

luis pena
September 19, 2023 3:53 pm
Reply to  Richard

Where have you seen entire barrios taken by gangs in DR? thats not true.

September 20, 2023 3:17 am
Reply to  luis pena

come to Alcarizos…Villa Mella …

September 20, 2023 12:48 pm
Reply to  Fundador

thats false, those barrios suffer for the standard criminal activities, they are not controlled by gangs.

September 20, 2023 3:47 pm
Reply to  jose MORENO

keep believing that …come at night Nicolas de Ovando en Cristo Rey , calle 7-8 …they’ll strip you naked and make you walk backwards for entertainment purposes …