One of the Dominican Republic’s busiest airports has reopened following a runway remodeling project.
The work is part of a broader $4.5 million project that includes new approach lights, a new central section of the runway and new horizontal signaling, among other upgrades.
A JetBlue flight from New York City was the first plane to arrive after the project, which took nearly two weeks.
Puerto Plata is the country’s second largest resort hub after Punta Cana, with a large slate of all-inclusive resorts.
It is also home to the country’s most popular cruise port, Taino Bay.
The Dominican Republic is in the midst of a tourism surge, with record-breaking arrivals in each of the first four months of the year.
If that trend continues, the country will break its all-time arrivals record, set last year.