AirTran Airways is planning to expand its Caribbean scheduled-service network with new, twice-weekly service between Atlanta and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from...

AirTran Airways is planning to expand its Caribbean scheduled-service network with new, twice-weekly service between Atlanta and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from February 16, 2011.

Punta Cana will be the carrier’s fifth Caribbean scheduled-service destination. AirTran Airways already serves Aruba, Cancun in Mexico, Montego Bay in Jamaica and Nassau/Paradise Island in the Bahamas on a scheduled basis.


Roundtrip, nonstop flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Punta Cana International Airport will be conducted twice weekly beginning February 16, 2011.

“Punta Cana is a very popular vacation destination and we are happy to offer our passengers the chance to explore such a beautiful area beginning this winter,” says Kevin Healy, AirTran Airways’ senior vice president of marketing and planning. “Our new flights to Punta Cana represent the next phase of our successful growth strategy in the Caribbean.”

AirTran Airways has more than 100 Boeing 737-700s in service and on order

Connections to Punta Cana will be available from more than 40 cities throughout the AirTran Airways network via Atlanta, including: New York, Washington, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Orlando and many others, according to AirTran.

“We are excited AirTran Airways will begin flying to Punta Cana from the world’s busiest airport,” said Frank Rainieri, President and CEO, Grupo Puntacana. “The launch of AirTran’s flights joins a growing list of international carriers who are now offering direct flights to Punta Cana International Airport.”

AirTran’s Atlanta-Punta Cana schedule from February 16, 2011 calls for flight FL1238 to depart from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and land at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) at 3:00 p.m. local time. The return flight, FL1239, is timed to leave PUJ at 3:45 p.m. and reach ATL at 6:45 p.m. local time.

The airline has been flying charters to Punta Cana since 2008.

“Taking our charter experience and applying it to this new, scheduled service is a great advantage,” says Healy. “Our customers will benefit from this familiarity on day one and for years to come.”