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Ava Airways Update

Ava Airways initially had plans to launch in March 2020, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this was suspended. The revised launch date has been pushed back and now the airline is now expected to commence flights in the summer or autumn of 2021.

In the meantime, you can take a look at our list of Alternative Airlines below to discover airlines that currently operate routes similar to the ones proposed by Ava Airways.

About Ava Airways

Ava Airways is a startup international airline carrier in the Dominican Republic. Although based at Domingo Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic, chosen because of the country's favourable location and bilateral status, Ava Airways has been established by its founders as an ‘Airline of the Americas’ and is set to connect countries across the continent.

Ava Airways has plans to operate scheduled flights between Santo Domingo, North America, South America, and Caribbean destinations. The airline plans to use the A320 aircraft for international flights whereas the Dash 8-400 aircraft could serve local domestic destinations

More information, including the onboard experience and ticket fares, has yet to be announced. It is known that the airline will operate as a full-service carrier, which usually means that complimentary baggage allowance and even onboard meals/beverages are included in the price of the ticket.

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Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

The airline is in an early stage of the startup and has yet to announce what the carry-on baggage allowance will be for passengers.

Checked Baggage

Ava Airways has yet to publish information regarding what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.

Cabin Classes

As of yet, details regarding the onboard experience that the airline will offer are limited. More information relating to what cabin classes (Economy, Premium, or Business) will be available is also limited.

What are seats like?

The airline will operate A320 aircraft for most flights, configured in a 3 x 3 seat formation, with ample space and storage for passengers.

Meals and drinks

It is known that the airline will operate as a full-service carrier, which usually means that complimentary onboard meals/beverages are included in the price of the ticket. Ava Airways hopes to provide a premium service to passengers.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

It is unknown whether online check-in will be available for passengers travelling with Ava Airways.

Airport Check-In

The airline has yet to publish a statement regarding recommended check-in times. In most instances, it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline is not currently part of a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance.

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Destinations that Ava Airways flies to

The new airline has a plan to better connect and operate scheduled flights via its hub in the city of Santo Domingo to destinations in the Caribbean (Sint Maarten, Curaçao, and Jamaica), Latin America, and the US.

Alternatives to Ava Airways

The following airlines currently operate international flights between South America and the rest of the world (click on the logos to find out more about each airline):

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Hub Airport

Domingo Las Americas International Airport

Domingo Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedo, near the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The airport is the second-busiest in the country, after Punta Cana International Airport. The airport has numerous flights to other countries within South and North America, as well as to elsewhere across the world.

Other international airlines to operate flights to the airport include AeroméxicoAir EuropaAmerican AirlinesAir FranceCondorInterCaribbean AirwaysJetBlue, and United Airlines.


Initial reports suggest that flights will be aboard A320 aircraft. Flights to shorter haul des destinations will be served with Dash 8-400 aircraft.