Caribbean regional carrier Seaborne Airlines is launching twice-daily, non-stop service on March 15 from its base at San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport...

Caribbean regional carrier Seaborne Airlines is launching twice-daily, non-stop service on March 15 from its base at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport to Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic.

Cibao International Airport (IATA code STI), which serves Santiago de los Caballeros, will be the 17th airport to be served by Seaborne Airlines.


Seaborne Airlines was operating a fleet of four Saab 340Bs and six de Havilland Canada Twin Otters (some of them seaplanes and some of them VistaLiners) by early 2014. In 2014 the carrier would move its headquarters from the U.S. Virgin Islands to San Juan in Puerto Rico

Seaborne Airlines was operating a fleet of four Saab 340Bs and six de Havilland Canada Twin Otters (some of them seaplanes and some of them VistaLiners) by early 2014. In 2014 the carrier would move its headquarters from the U.S. Virgin Islands to San Juan in Puerto Rico

 

Seaborne will operate the San Juan-Santiago de los Caballeros route with 34-seat Saab 340B turboprop regional airliners.

To promote the new route, Seaborne is offering one-way introductory fares from $99, including taxes and fees. Introductory-fare bookings must be paid by February 28, for travel from March 15 to June 26, 2014. Flights can be reserved at www.SeaborneAirlines.com or through a travel agent.

Santiago is the third Dominican Republic destination to be announced by Seaborne. The first is La Romana, which the regional airline already serves twice a week (on Thursdays and Sundays). Seaborne Airlines is expanding its San Juan-La Romana service to a daily round-trip on March 15.

Seaborne Airlines has increased its network throughout the northern Caribbean nations with a growing fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops

Seaborne Airlines has increased its network throughout the northern Caribbean nations with a growing fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops

 

The second Dominican Republic destination for Seaborne is Punta Cana, to which the regional carrier is launching daily service on February 14.

“Seaborne Airlines’ commitment to increase its services in Puerto Rico strengthens our position as the biggest hub and cruise homeport in the Caribbean and supports the efforts of the government to diversify Puerto Rico as a perfect destination,” says Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Seaborne Airlines’ schedule for its new San Juan-Santiago de los Caballeros route will see its first flight departing Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (IATA code SJU) at 6:45 a.m. from March 15 and arriving at STI at 8:15 a.m. The second flight leaves SJU at 1:45 p.m. and reaches STI at 3:15 p.m.

This photograph shows the control tower at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, which serves Puerto Rico's capital San Juan

This photograph shows the control tower at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, which serves Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan

 

In the other direction, Seaborne’s first return flight is timed to leave STI at 9:00 a.m. from March 15 and land at SJU at 10:30 a.m. The second flight will depart STI at 4:00 p.m. and touch down at SJU at 5:30 p.m.

Separately, Seaborne Airlines has announced that it is the first Caribbean-based airline to allow passengers to use cell phones and other portable electronic devices such as e-readers and tablets in airplane mode from gate to gate with Federal Aviation Administration approval.

Seaborne says its aircraft have completed carrier-defined tolerance testing to ensure the safe operation of hand-held passenger portable electronic devices during all phases of flight.