Flight bookings from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic have started rebounding after a spate of tourist deaths at the end of May and early June, according to new research.
Bookings between the U.S. and Dominican Republic for July and August dipped 84.4% as compared to the same time last year. Travel industry data firm ForwardKeys analyzed the number of bookings that passengers made between June 1 to July 2.
American Airlines spokeswoman Laura Masvidal told USA TODAY that the carrier is currently operating its full schedule of 120 weekly flights to the the four cities it serves: Santo Domingo (SDQ), Santiago (STI), Puerto Plata (POP) and Punta Cana (PUJ). USA TODAY has reached out to several other U.S. airlines for comment.
in late June, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways announced they would be waiving change fees for travelers who did not wish to proceed with their Dominican Republic trips following the series of U.S. tourist deaths there.