Arajet Seeks Permission For Colombia Flights

The Dominican startup Arajet is closing in to launch operations. A few days ago, the new airline filed permission with Colombia’s civil aviation authorities looking to launch five new routes, with up to three weekly flights each, between the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Arajet would employ its Boeing 737 MAX fleet on these routes.

Next stop: Colombia

Arajet is a Dominican startup looking to launch operations in the next few months. It will operate from its base at Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) and is looking to launch new routes across the Americas, from the United States to Colombia and Peru.

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According to reports by local media outlets, Arajet recently filed permission to launch five new routes to Colombia.

Arajet is looking to launch new services from Santo Domingo to Bogota (BOG), Medellin (MDE), Cali (CLO), Cartagena (CTG), and Barranquilla (BAQ).

The startup would offer up to three weekly flights on each of these routes, employing its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. Arajet currently has a fleet of four MAX aircraft stored in Santo Domingo. These jetliners will have a capacity for 185 passengers each.

The competition?

Of the five routes announced by Arajet, only two are currently contested. Avianca operates the route Bogota-Santo Domingo with one daily flight. Wingo operates the routes Bogota-Santo Domingo (six flights per week) and Medellin-Santo Domingo (three flights per week).

Nevertheless, most routes between the Dominican Republic and Colombia are operated to and from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), the country’s leading leisure destination.

Overall, there are 61 weekly flights between both countries. Avianca operates nearly 50% of these flights (30 weekly flights), flying the routes Punta Cana-Bogota, Punta Cana-Medellin, and Santo Domingo-Bogota.

Wingo operates five routes: Punta Cana-Bogota, Punta Cana-Medellin, Santo Domingo-Bogota, Santo Domingo-Medellin, and Santiago-Medellin.

Finally, Viva Colombia flies between Punta Cana and Medellin daily, and Air Century operates two weekly flights on the routes Santo Domingo (JBQ)-Barranquilla and Santo Domingo (JBQ)-Cartagena. JBQ or La Isabela International Airport is Santo Domingo’s second airport, behind Las Américas International. Air Century is also the Dominican Republic air charter operator.

Arajet currently has a fleet of four Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Photo: Arajet.

Arajet’s additional destinations and plans

The new startup is close to launching operations, according to its CEO, Victor Pacheco. Arajet will begin flying with a fleet of five MAX aircraft and will shortly announce which destinations it will serve first.

In the next few years, Arajet will increase its fleet from five aircraft to 46 units. Some of them will be leased (its current fleet is under leasing), while the others will be composed of Arajet’s order for 20 MAX 8 aircraft and the option for 15 additional units, placed with Boeing earlier this year. The startup expects to receive these new aircraft beginning in 2024.

In terms of destinations, Arajet is eyeing several cities across the Americas, including Cancun, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey (Mexico); Panama City (Panama); Kingston and Montego Bay (Jamaica), Nassau (the Bahamas); New York, St-Petersburg, and Orlando (US), among others.

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