A new Central American competitor will enter the Ecuadorian market. Arajet, a Dominican airline, announced that it will start selling tickets from August 25 and its operation at the end of September.
The low price company low cost hopes to connect Ecuador with the countries of Central America and the Caribbean by flying directly to Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.
The plan is part of an expansion program for this airline, which includes flights to Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun, in Mexico; Barranquilla, Cali and Cartagena, in Colombia; Lima, in Peru; Guatemala City, in Guatemala; San Salvador, in El Salvador; and Saint Martin, Aruba and Curaçao, in the Caribbean. There are Quito and Guayaquil, in Ecuador.
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Álvaro de Oleo, Vice President of Marketing at Arajet, explained that there will be three levels of rates. “We will start with more than 5,500 seats in all the countries where we will start operations, with prices ranging from 55 dollars to 100 dollars each way; and $149 round trip, including taxes,” he stated.
Arajet indicated that it will seek to provide Ecuadorians with a competitive proposal in terms of service, price and security to connect the country with other Caribbean destinations.
“It is the first low-priced airline to offer efficient and convenient flights to connect the Americas and the Caribbean with non-stop routes, seeking to boost the air service for tourism in the country,” he said.
Currently, Avianca and Copa are the airlines that have direct services to Central American countries. Equair began charter flights to Punta Cana.
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Arajet also announced that as of October they will increase their routes by adding flights to Toronto and Montreal, in Canada; Medellin and Bogota, in Colombia; San Jose, in Costa Rica; and Kingston, in Jamaica, with which it will establish an extensive route network of 20 destinations in 12 countries in its first three months of operations.
Arajet will start operations with five Boeing 737 Max-800 aircraft.
According to the company, they are state-of-the-art aircraft designed to be environmentally friendly, with 14% less fuel consumption, compared to most single-aisle aircraft. (YO)