Press Release: CONNECT New World – A great success!

Amelie Cado

CONNECT New World, the route development forum dedicated to the Caribbean and the Americas took place on the 30th May – 1st June and gathered over 300 participants in Santo Domingo.

Hosted by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, AERODOM and Vinci Airports, the inaugural event brought together C-level executives from the aviation industry and was attended by the Vice President of the Dominican Republic as well as the Minister of Tourism who both officially opened the event.

Over 35 countries were represented:  Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico,

Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela…

Participants were able to enjoy a relaxed format and could organize unlimited face-to-face meetings with nearly 40 airlines amongst which : Air Caraibes, Air Century, Air Europa, Air Transat, Arajet, Aruba Airlines, Avelo Airlines, Avianca, Bahamasair, BlueSky Airlines, Copa Airlines, ETF Airways, Eurowings Discover, FedEx Express, Fly OneSky, GOL, Iberia, JetSmart Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Plus Utra Lineas Aereas, RED Air, Reefjet Air, SATENA, Silver Airways, Sky Cana, Sky High Dominicana, Spirit Airlines, Sunrise Airways, Swoop, Tropic Air, Turkish Airlines, VivaAerobus and WestJet Airlines…

Alongside the meetings, 14 panels and insightful keynotes took place, covering important subjects for the region such as: “What are the opportunities for LCC’s in Latin America?” and “Bringing longhaul flights to your airport”. Overall 35 senior speakers from the aviation industry joined the conference programme.

Finally, all attendees were treated to fabulous hospitality: from tasting local dishes and drinks during breathtaking evening functions to exploring the country thanks to several excursions organized by our Dominican Hosts.

Post event survey shows that 98% of the delegates were positive in their feedback comments and would recommend the event to their colleagues.

Karin Butot, CEO of The Airport Agency, CONNECT organizer, said: “We’re extremely pleased that this first event has delivered such great networking opportunities for all attendees and for our host destination: The Dominican Republic is an outstanding country, with a superb tourism product. Bringing the event to Santo Domingo has put the spotlight on “la Capital” which is becoming a must visit as well”



CONNECT is an established route development event created by The Airport Agency and operating in the European region for the past 19 years. The event provides a unique meeting platform for airlines, airports, tourism bodies and industry suppliers.

Taking place over 3 days, CONNECT New World brings together key figures from the industry to discuss current and future aviation issues, find new partnerships and secure current ones, while discovering a  rich and diverse destination.

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Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, The Dominican Republic is one of the most desired destinations for a combined business and leisure trip. From sea to mountain ranges, valleys, sand dunes, the Dominican Republic has one of the most varied landscapes in the Caribbean. The island is situated just two hours south of Miami, less than four hours from New York and eight hours from most European cities.

Las Américas International Airport is located in the country’s capital city, Santo Domingo, and is the country’s main port of entry. The city is the most modern and dynamic metropolis in the Caribbean, and home to the first European settlement of the Americas and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Colonial City.


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