(SANTO DOMINGO) – Pan American World Airways (PAWA) Dominicana will begin two daily flights from Miami International Airport to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on November 16, making Miami the airline’s first destination outside of the Caribbean.

The Santo Domingo-based carrier will utilize MD-83 aircraft seating 160 passengers for the route, which is also served by American Airlines from Miami International Airport.

Dominican Wings will be first the first Dominican carrier to serve the Santo Domingo-Miami route when it begins one weekly flight from Miami to both Punta Cana and the capital city on September 29.

The Dominican Republic is currently Miami’s fourth-busiest international market, with more than one million total passengers annually.

After Miami began September with 103 passenger and cargo carriers, the most of any U.S. airport, it will finish the month in a flourish with four new international passenger airlines and one new cargo-only airline, followed by new entrants KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in October, PAWA Dominicana in November, and Italian airline Meridiana in December.

“Congratulations to PAWA Dominicana, who will join what is already a bountiful crop of new airlines starting service at MIA this fall,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González.

“The new service will provide a boost to one our top international markets, and continue our push towards a strong finish in 2016.”

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