News

Punta Cana Airport Reopens After Hurricane Maria

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - September 21, 2017

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Punta Cana’s airport has officially reopened after the passage of Hurricane Maria, officials announced.

The airport, one of the busiest in the Caribbean, welcomed three flights from Delta out of New York and Atlanta.

Punta Cana resumed operations after a preventive stop ordered by authorities during Maria’s arrival off the coast of the country.

The airport receives about 60 percent of visitors to the Dominican Republic.

Airport authorities said that flight schedules would be normalized as they confirm with individual airlines.

The hotel and tourism association of the Dominican Republic, ASONAHORES, said the country’s tourism infrastructure had not suffered “material damages” as a result of Hurricane Maria, which passed on the north and northeastern coast of the country.

“The main tourism installations and infrastructure in Punta Cana, Samanà and Puerto Plata including the North Coast, have not suffered any important damage with Hurricane Maria; its main effect has been damages to gardens and the falling of trees,” the organization said in a statement.

Around 50,000 tourists spent Wednesday night and Thursday in what officials called “secure conditions,” with those relocated returning Thursday to their original hotels.

ASONAHORES said areas on the north coast including Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata had seen rain and high tide, but do not project “major impacts.”

Popular Posts

The 10 Best Overwater Bungalows in the Caribbean, From Aruba to Belize

Overwater villas at Caribbean resorts aren’t just a novelty — they’re also among the most luxurious and beautiful accommodations you can stay in. And while all of the bungalows perched above the waves have their charms, some stand out among […]


The Bahamas’ Atlantis Paradise Island Just Completed a $150M Renovation

walking on the beach in nassau

A new eatery by Michelin-star Chef Michael White. A new-look casino. State-of-the-art guest rooms and the Caribbean’s first Shake Shack.  The Bahamas’ Atlantis Paradise Island resort has officially completed a $150 million resort-wide renovation, a significant project that included a […]


United Airlines Is Launching New Nonstop Flights to Belize

river in belize

The river lodges. The blue hole. The Maya history. The reefs. If you haven’t been to Belize, you’re missing one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful, adventure-filled destinations.  And now with another new flight, it’s easier to get there than ever […]


Related Posts antigua caribbean photo carlisle

Caribbean Photo of the Week: Overlooking Carlisle Bay in Antigua 

The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Kevin Michitsch, who took this lovely shot of Carlisle Bay from the Curtain Bluff resort.  Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean?  Send it to news@caribjournal.com with CPOTW in […]


The Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos Has a New General Manager 

ritz turks

One of Turks and Caicos’ top luxury resorts has announced a new general manager, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos has tapped Louella Brezovar-van Veen to the role.  Brezovar-van Veen will oversee operations for the 147-room resort, […]


American Airlines Is Adding More Daily Nonstop Flights to Grand Cayman

seven mile beach with tree

The brilliant sands of Seven Mile Beach. The laid-back cool of Cayman Kai. The wonder of the Crystal Caves. The palpable history of Bodden Town. All those world-class restaurants.  If you’ve been to Grand Cayman, you know just how rich […]


SUBSCRIBE!

Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.


No. Thank You