Dominica welcomes its first official American Airlines direct flight from Miami

Dominica welcomed its first official direct American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida on Wednesday.

A test or proving run was done on June 22nd of this year, that test was not a revenue seeking run while this inaugural flight was the first of a new service.

This new service will connect over 40 US cities to Dominica and make Miami, Florida a connecting hub for travelers from Canada, Asia and Europe.

The aircraft is said to have a capacity for 76 passengers, 12 first class seats, and 64 premium seats with extra leg room and main cabin seats.

“Today is a historic day for Dominica, today starts a new and exciting chapter for tourism and travel to our destination,” Minister for Tourism International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Denise Charles said while addressing the inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Douglas-Charles Airport.

Charles, who was the first person to disembark the aircraft, also described the experience as “a testament of the goodness of God.”

She expressed excitement for Dominican nationals living abroad who longed for faster service to see their families, friends and to join in the island’s annual festivities.

“I am excited for our businesses who will find it much easier to connect with partners, clients and markets,” she noted. “And I am excited today for you in Dominica who from January can fly to Miami for an extended weekend and see your family and also make quicker connections to other countries.”

She continued, “And I am really excited for our tourism stakeholders and livelihood dependent on tourism who have had a rough and challenging season because of this Pandemic who will benefit from an increased visitor arrival.”

Charles reminded all residents that tourism is everybody’s business.

“Every aspect of a visitor’s experience from the day of arrival to departure is important,” She stated. “Let’s make Dominica the destination of choice in the Caribbean, let’s all become tourism ambassadors for our country.”

Charles also encouraged the public to get vaccinated in order to remove the hassle of travel to Dominica and to have festivals again.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said today marks an important chapter in the history of Dominica and the development of the nation.

He indicated that his government has set out its vision to modernize and transform Dominica and continues to do so block-by-block.

He went on to state that as international travel continue to recover from the Covid-19 Pandemic it has spurred greater interest and desire for people to commune with the great outdoors, “and as we look around us in Dominica what better place in the world is there to experience nature than in the Commonwealth of Dominica?”

The Prime Minister mentioned that even before commencing operations a decision was made to increase scheduled flights in Dominica from twice to 3 times a week is a clear indication that the demand is there, “and that the efforts that we are making in developing our tourism industry is bearing fruit.”

He hopes in the future that there will be an expansion to a daily service between Miami and Dominica.

“The creation of quicker and easier air access invites more travelers from all over the world to escape to Dominica for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation,” Skerrit indicated. “It also means that Dominica is within closer reach of our nationals, many of whom live in cities across the United States.”

This he said provides more opportunities for Dominicans to travel more regularly to connect with friends and family and participate in our various activities.

Prime Minister Skerrit also mentioned that his government continues to invest in making Dominica an attractive destination to visit.

“We have upgraded the facilities here at the Douglas-Charles Airport and ensured that the necessary infrastructure is in place,” he indicated. “Dominica is on a journey of transformation. It’s now frequently cited as the new place to put on your to-do list.”

American Airline representative, Regional Manager of the Eastern Caribbean Cathy-Ann Joseph said the US is underscoring its commitment to opening doors of the Caribbean to the world and helping not only with the recovery, but ultimately with the growth of tourism in the region.

“Today our entire American Airline company is thrilled to launch our new service between the natural paradise of Dominica and Miami,” she said.

Joseph added, “We are looking forward to continuing reinforcing our commitment to the Caribbean in 2022 and beyond where we serve as the living airline operating more than 140 daily flights to 35 destinations.”

Meanwhile, Ambassador of the United States to Dominica, Her Excellency Linda Taglialatela said she is pleased that American Airlines is building yet another bridge between the US and Dominica, “further linking our nation, people and shared commitment to mutual understanding and cultures.”

She admitted that times are tough especially in economies that rely heavily on tourism and other services.

“This is why I believe that American Airlines decision to expand routes at this time is noteworthy,” Ambassador Taglialatela stated.

The flights will come into Dominica on Wednesdays and Saturdays and American Airlines is expected to increase its weekly flights to Dominica to include one days starting on January 10th 2022.

The Government of Anguilla will also welcome its American Airlines inaugural flight from Miami on Saturday 11th December 2012.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport from 2pm.

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15 Comments

  1. Annon
    December 16, 2021

    Really? Do you think that that many people are flying these days with all the restrictions of freedoms over a fraudulent plandemic? Somebody is dreaming. The airlines are all in trouble financially.

  2. Pipo
    December 11, 2021

    Has anyone noticed that the colours of the uniforms of the hostesses are more reminiscent of those of the flag of St Vincent & the Grenadines than our own? Of course, we also have green and yellow in our flag but they are of a much deeper hue, especially the green but no, definitely matching St Vincent’s colours. Very odd that. St Vincent has its own airline, SVG Air with 10 aircraft I believe and serves Antigua direct but not Dominica, except perhaps their privately registered Cessna jet, which is available for charter. Is anything going on here between uncle Ralph and nephew Roosevelt? Should we keep our eyes open for any future developments.? Just asking.

  3. Bwa-Banday
    December 10, 2021

    Ok so let us be real here. We are not celebrating the arrival of jet engine planes to Dca but rather the first “passenger” flight directly from the US mainland. Amerijet, the Choksi kidnap jet was here with people flying directly from Europe I understand, US Military jets have landed here so folks calm down. This whole hoopla for nothing makes us look like damn “country bookies”. Other islanders are laughing at us :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

    Looks like we have Chinese fever! So long America and others landed on the moon and into space the Chinese just figured it out but if you look at their news and understand a little mandering you would believe they just discovered the moon and owns it :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . So folks calm down! If that is soooo trend breaking I wonder what we will do when Air Anguilla makes its inaugural flight to Dca?

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    • Improving Improper Motives (IIM)
      December 12, 2021

      Kudos. Garcon, Dominicans so easy to fool. Anguilla and St. Kitts both together could fit in Dominica three times, and they had big jets landing in their countries long time ago.

      We must be the laughing stock in the Caribbean. But after what happened in Grandbay, what else is there to laugh at? ohoh yes boy, there is one thing to laugh at….

      India was going to give them an international runway with the reward bounty they had expected to get on Choksi. Dem man mad… They cannot pocket anything on dat failed deal. So, what is the best thing to do, bring a plane from America and then blame Linton for causing them not to build an international airport, and they will make them struggling people who are having so much problems paying their bills, utter that cry.

      Just like so many of them, very intelligent people too, are saying they hate Linton, they doh like Linton, but none of them has spoken to the man to tell us what he did to them or the country.

  4. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    December 10, 2021

    What was the hold up, jets have been able to land at Melville Hall Douglas Charles for years. Now that direct passenger jet service has started the project for the UN-needed new airport future white elephant should be stopped now before any more money is wasted money that Dominican taxpayers will get shafted into re-paying for yours truly financial interests, as usual.

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  5. Felix Pacquette
    December 10, 2021

    Very exciting indeed, good for DA
    From Uhuru in London

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    • Improving Improper Motives (IIM)
      December 12, 2021

      I thought the flight was from Florida to Dominica and not From Uhuru in London.

      Garcon why don’t you write properly nah?

  6. The Exposure
    December 9, 2021

    What these deceivers are not telling us is, we have lost the daily nonstop Seaborne/ Silver airlines we had. So yes we have a very expensive AA twice a week but we lost the daily seaborne/ Silver airlines that passengers from New York / USVI and other states use to connect on. So don’t let them fool you with that hoopra.

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  7. RastarMarn
    December 9, 2021

    DNO accept it or not allyou need to change dat headline to read: “Dominica has Welcomed its First International Flight”!!!

    But den again people will start asking why build international airport???

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    • Toto
      December 10, 2021

      Raster man, I must say you area bit dim my friend. Any flight coming and leaving Dominica for a foreign country is an international flight and you must show your passport and go through customs. Dominica have no domestic flights like USA, think about that bro.

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      • RastarMarn
        December 11, 2021

        You Foolish man Toto, you must not know the difference between Local, National, Regional and International!!!

        Before that flight, the only commercial flights coming and leaving from Dominica was regional, even if all the airports those flights were coming and going to service international destinations, they were all regional flights to and from DOM.

        From Barbados, Antigua, even Puerto Rico,,,

        Miami would be another case because it’s an International Hub for almost all the major airlines who services international routes,,,

        But then again SmallMinded fellas like yourself might not think about this concept this way but oh well it will take some a little while before the light hit them,,,

  8. CountryBookey
    December 9, 2021

    So long we waiting for our big jet to come from America.

  9. Bwa-Banday
    December 9, 2021

    Damn…..these ladies look very proper in their uniforms 8-O ! Lord have mercy on Anansy and Purrsey! Bell- tee- enfant -bondieu! According to the mighty sparrow, I will have ALL of them! Not that I am greedy but but but! The one last in line where they walking up a ramp has asset for so :-P :-P 8) . Ebeh, ebeh, ebeh I am in lerve 8)

  10. Roseau River
    December 9, 2021

    Well done. Hopefully better things to come in terms of improved air access to DA.

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