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Travelling by Air

Santo Domingo's Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas is not only the biggest but also the most modern airport in the entire country. Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana, however, handles many more passengers, around five million per year. All in all, with Puerta Plata's Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón and Santiago's Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao, there are four big airports that handle international flights and are serviced by big airlines. The flag carrier of the country is PAWA Dominicana; however, it does not operate domestic flights, but only handles flights to other Caribbean countries.
In addition, there are several smaller airports for domestic flights. But, before you hop on that plane to travel to neighboring islands, you should be aware that some of these airports only have propeller planes or so-called air-taxis (an aspect you should take into consideration if you are afraid of flying). Most domestic flights leave from Aeropuerto Internacional Arroyo Barril, El Portillo, or La Isabela. Aeropuerto Internacional María Montez, located five kilometers from Barahona, does not offer commercial passenger services, but you might still be able to charter a plane there. Another important thing to remember: those domestic flights are all privately chartered flights, and therefore they are quite expensive. In fact round trips cost at least 200 USD —around 9105 DOP — and rarely take more than 45 minutes.

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