WARWICK – MN Airlines LLC, doing business as Sun Country Airlines, will offer seasonal nonstop service from T. F Green Airport to Punta Cana International Airport in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the R.I Airport Corp. announced Tuesday.
Flights will begin in November and run through April. Initially, flights will be offered on Saturdays. The route will eventually operate twice a week on Wednesday and Friday starting on Dec. 25.
“Today we announce a great new international route that will benefit the airport, Rhode Island’s tourism economy and Rhode Island’s strong and vibrant Latino community,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the RIAC, in prepared remarks. “Rhode Island is home to thousands of Dominicans who will now be able to enjoy the convenience of traveling nonstop from T.F. Green Airport. When I first took this position, I met with Mayor Elorza and he stressed the importance of securing this route.”
Ticket prices range from roughly $190 to $285 for a one-way ticket, according to the Sun Country website.
The route will operate on a Boeing 737-800 with 183 seats.
“It is incredibly exciting to see the continued expansion of T.F. Green Airport over the past few years, and I am particularly enthusiastic about the addition of direct flight services to the Dominican Republic,” said Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Rhode Island has one of the largest communities of Dominican descent in the region and their contributions can be seen especially in Providence. These flights will make it easier for people from across New England to visit family, enjoy a vacation in beautiful tropical destination or promote business, educational and cultural exchanges.”
RIAC said that Punta Cana International Airport is the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic and second busiest airport in the Caribbean.