January 22, 2021

Dominican Republic and China advance on an air services agreement

Dominican Republic and China advance on an air services agreement



Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas and Deputy Administrator of Civil Aviation of China, Wang Zhiqing, today put their initials in the Air Services Agreement (ASA) that will formally establish the commercial air relations between both States.

A statement from the Dominican Foreign Ministry explained that after the act today, the agreement "was ready" for it to be signed by the Dominican president, Danilo Medina, and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during the visit that the first will make to the Asian nation in next November.

"With this agreement we establish the air interconnectivity that will facilitate the long journey between our countries and that we consider a fundamental factor to progress in our relations in the field of tourism, trade, culture, among others," said Vargas, during the ceremony held at the headquarters of the Chancellery, in the presence of the Chinese ambassador to the country, Zhang Run.

The statement said that in 2017 around 129 million Chinese people traveled as tourists to different destinations in the world.

Prior to this event, the president of the Dominican Civil Aviation Board (JAC), Luis Ernesto Camilo, and Wang signed a Memorandum of Understanding, through which both nations expressed interest in establishing commercial air relations.

Wang leads a Chinese delegation, which also includes senior executives of Air China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, interested in flying to the Dominican Republic.

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