Seaborne moves to San Juan, launches Santo Domingo route

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Puerto Rico's Seaborne Airlines has launched a new connection between its San Juan hub and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

The Saab 340B-operated twice daily flight will add Seaborne's fourth Dominican destination after La Romana, Punta Cana and Santiago.

This operation reinforces Seaborne's hub in San Juan, which it relocated to from Saint Croix in the US Virgin Islands following a decision announced in December 2013. Other destinations planned for this year from San Juan include Haiti, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda.

As part of the relocation agreement, the Puerto Rican government committed to acquire a 20% stake in the airline for $9 million, invested through its Economic Development Bank BDEPR. The agreement also gives Seaborne access to Puerto Rico's fund to incentivise air connectivity while the company committed to carry the Puerto Rican flag on its aircraft.

Seaborne's decision to base its operations in San Juan is also part of a strategy to fill the void left by American Eagle Airlines, which reduced flying to the Puerto Rican airport last year. Seaborne has signed a code share agreement with American Airlines and an interline agreement with Delta Air Lines.