Delta Airlines Will Now Allow Passengers To Change Flights To The Dominican Republic Without Penalty
By Parker Diakite
Following numerous suspicious travel stories, Delta Air Lines is now granting waivers to passengers flying to the Dominican Republic allowing them to change or cancel tickets.
Flights covered by the waiver are for those going to and from Punta Cana where several American tourists have died, according to CNN.
Delta will grant the waiver from now until Aug. 15 and if passengers are planning to rebook, they must begin travel before Nov. 20. If passengers cancel their flights altogether, Delta will issue a credit they can use on Delta for one from the original booking date.
The move from Delta is in response to the recent deaths of at least nine American tourists on the Caribbean island.
The airline told CNN that they are also working with passengers traveling to Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros on a case-by-case basis.
Joining Delta is American Airlines, JetBlue and Sun Country airlines who said they will work with passengers who want to change or cancel their flights to the Dominican Republic as well.
Recent data from ForwardKeys has revealed that flight cancellations to the island have increased while new bookings to the Dominican Republic have decreased significantly.
Between June 1 and June 19, cancellations increased by more than 50 percent compared the same time frame in 2018.
New bookings for July and August to the Dominican Republic from the United States have fallen by more than 70 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
David Tarsh, a spokesperson for ForwardKeys, told CNN the decline is similar to what happens sometimes after violence strikes a country. “You can get a long continued problem or things can recover quite quickly, depending on whether people see the threat as being contained or ongoing. The problem you have here is the uncertainty because the deaths are a mystery.”