The service, announced to operate once weekly, signifies the airline’s ongoing expansion of its global freighter network.
Jon Turner, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada, expressed enthusiasm over the development, emphasizing that the new service would complement Air Canada’s existing passenger network on the island.
This initiative ensures consistent, year-round cargo capacity, thereby meeting the needs of key customers in the region.
Air Canada Cargo’s freighter service to Punta Cana is the latest addition to its global network, supplementing its recently launched freighter services to various international locations, including San José, Basel, Liege, Dallas, Atlanta, and Bogota.
Giovanni Rainieri, Director of Airside Operations at Punta Cana International Airport, warmly welcomed Air Canada Cargo’s inaugural flight.
Rainieri, representing an airport awarded the Airports Council’s International Airport Service Quality Awards for seven consecutive years, expressed confidence in the partnership’s potential to enhance and diversify the airport’s cargo operations.
Air Canada Cargo, an award-winning air cargo service provider, is the largest in Canada in terms of cargo capacity. With its operations spanning over 50 countries, it offers reliable air freight lift and connectivity across six continents.
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), inaugurated in 1983, stands as the world’s first privately owned, internationally used commercial airport. It’s the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic and the most connected in the Caribbean.
Handling eight million passengers annually and linking 70 worldwide destinations, PUJ boasts two runways, 27 boarding gates, 30 aircraft parking areas, and three VIP lounges. It also sustains a Recycling and Incineration Center, recycling 60% of its generated waste.
For the past seven years, the Airports Council International (ACI) has recognized PUJ as the “Best Airport by Size and Region” in the category of 5 to 15 million passengers in the Caribbean and Latin America.