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Seaborne Airlines Begins New Route Between San Juan and Dominican Republic

SAN JUAN — Seaborne Airlines began nonstop flights between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on February 15.

The new flights operate three days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will increase to daily service on May 23.

Seaborne started the weekly service between San Juan (SJU) and Santiago de los Caballero (STI) four days ago.

The new service offers opportunities to experience nearby favorite vacation destinations, including the beaches of Puerto Plata, the birthplace of tourism in the Dominican Republic, and the peace, tranquility and nature of Jarabacoa, the country’s most popular eco-tourism 

“We are thrilled that Seaborne Airlines has returned to the Dominican market,” said Jesus Medina, COO, Seaborne Airlines. “Santiago shares important historical, cultural and economic ties with Puerto Rico and we are delighted to be providing safe, reliable and customer-friendly service for travellers in the region.”

The carrier will operate the 307-mile trip three times weekly using its fleet of Saab 340s, with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“With the start of this route Seaborne will transport hundreds of Dominicans and tourists through Cibao International Airport to enjoy the charms of the north and much of the country,” said Cibao International Airport’s Public Relations Officer Santiago González. “We are happy to have Seaborne back at Cibao Airport and we appreciate Seaborne Airlines executives once again placing trust in our services for the reopening of their operations in the country.”

No other carrier currently operates between the two airports.

Seaborne is owned and cooperatively operated by Silver Airways.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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