Air Canada Cargo inaugurates freighter service into Punta Cana

An Air Canada Cargo freighter is marshalled into a parking bay.
Photo Credit: Air Canada
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This week, Air Canada Cargo operated its first commercial flight into Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with its Boeing 767 freighter. The freighter service will now be operated once per week.

“We are excited to add yet another destination to our expanding freighter network. This new service builds upon our capabilities to serve the island through Air Canada’s passenger network, providing consistent year-round cargo capacity for our key customers in the region,” said Jon Turner, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada.

Air Canada Cargo’s flight to Punta Cana is the latest addition to its worldwide freighter network, following recently launched freighter services to San José, Basel, Liege, Dallas, Atlanta and Bogota.

Photo Credit: Air Canada

The growing cargo market


The air cargo market between Canada and the Dominican Republic is a growing market. In 2021, the market was worth an estimated $529 million. The main commodities traded in the market are electronics, pharmaceuticals, and food.

The market is dominated by a few large airlines, including Air Canada, Air Transat, and WestJet. These airlines offer a variety of cargo services, including express, overnight, and ground transportation.

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The market is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. This is due to a number of factors, including the increasing demand for tourism in the Dominican Republic and the growing trade between Canada and the Dominican Republic.

Several opportunities exist in the market between the two nations, notably:

  • The market is growing, with increasing demand for tourism and trade between Canada and the Dominican Republic.
  • The market is relatively open, with few restrictions on entry or exit.
  • The market is well-connected, with a number of airlines offering cargo services.

The existing air cargo market does present a set of challenges however, notably including the competitiveness and volatility of the market.

The market is typically sensitive to economic conditions, and can be affected by changes in supply and demand. It is also subject to government regulations which can make it potentially difficult to navigate.

About Air Canada Cargo


Air Canada Cargo is an award-winning provider of air cargo services. It is Canada’s largest air cargo provider as measured by cargo capacity, with a presence in over 50 countries and self-handled hubs in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, London, and Frankfurt.

As the dedicated air freight division of Air Canada, Air Canada Cargo offers reliable air freight lift and connectivity across six continents using Air Canada’s domestic and international passenger and freighter flights, and trucking services. 

It operates a fleet of Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. The Boeing 767 freighter is a mid-size cargo aircraft that is capable of carrying up to 58 tonnes of cargo. The aircraft has a range of over 6,000 nautical miles, which allows it to operate on long-haul routes.

The Boeing 767 freighter aircraft are used to transport a variety of cargo, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, and perishables. The aircraft are also used to transport mail and express packages.

The cargo arm’s Boeing 767 freighter aircraft currently operate on a network of routes that includes destinations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The aircraft are also used to operate charter flights.

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