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(Caribbean News Service) SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic based airline Pawa is scheduled to start flights to Jamaica later this year.

The initiative was sparked by the recent visit from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

During one of the many meetings, both Dominican and Jamaican business leaders urged Holness and President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina to open direct flights between Kingston and Santo Domingo.

While Pawa is yet to announce the start date of flights as well as the frequency, airline officials have confirmed that the route will start operating in the last quarter of 2017.

According to local media reports, Pawa would become the first airline to fly to the capitals of five countries in the Greater Antilles – Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with Santo Domingo as the hub.

During recent the recent meeting with Holness, both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic agreed to increase trade, bilateral investment, cooperation in tourism and the training of teachers and students.

Holness visited the country on the invitation of the Dominican President.

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