American Airlines on Tuesday resumed service to the Caribbean with flights to a host of reopened destinations across the region.
Flight services resumed by American from the Miami hub include destinations Santo Domingo, Santiago, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Eleuthera, Georgetown, Exuma and Nassau in The Bahamas.
According to the Miami Herald, while life is shutting down outside the doors of Miami International Airport as COVID-19 infections spike, inside the airport, things are beginning to look closer to normal.
On Tuesday, anxious travelers, wearing masks and face shields, checked themselves in at kiosks, waited in long security lines and rushed to make flights, as Caribbean destinations begin to open up.
The majority of the American’s relaunched flights will operate from its Miami hub with Charlotte making up the rest.
Jose Freig, American’s Managing Director for the Caribbean and Latin America said “American has a long and proud history in the Caribbean and we are thrilled to continue resuming our operations, flying this month a schedule that includes up to 42 daily flights to 19 destinations in the region. We are looking forward to safely serving our customers in the Caribbean and to help restart travel and tourism in the region.”
Santo Domingo will see the biggest relaunch, with three daily flights, followed by Nassau with twice daily flights. When Providenciales opens on July 22, American is planning to operate twice daily.
American had already been flying to San Juan, St Thomas and St Croix on a limited schedule. Flights to Antigua, Kingston and Montego Bay resumed in June when those destinations opened its borders. The carrier expects to increase its daily flights to the Caribbean in August up from the 42 planned for July.
This article was first published by PLS Airport