Vacation Express returns to BWI with more seasonal flights to Caribbean

BWI just got more flights to the Caribbean this summer

International tour operator Vacation Express has returned to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to offer summer flights to the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

The company offered non-stop flights from BWI to Grand Bahama Island last year as well, from May through October.

The company returned to BWI with the same route last week, and will begin service to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for the first time on June 30. Both services are seasonal, the Bahamas flights ending October 24 and the Dominican Republic flights ending October 26, the company said.

The Bahamas flights come as part of a package deal for a four-night stay on the island at an all-inclusive resort, starting at $699. The flights will be offered on multiple days, with morning departures and evening returns.

The Punta Cana flights are part of a package deal for six-night stays through Sept. 8 and five-night stays after that at an all-inclusive resort there, starting at $799. The flights will be offered with Tuesday morning departures and Monday evening returns.

"Vacation Express is excited to return to Baltimore after such a successful season last year," said Kevin Hernandez, Vacation Express' vice president of sales and digital strategy, in a statement. "It's because of that success we decided to add flights to Punta Cana from Balitmore in addition to the Grand Bahama Island program."

Jonathan Dean, a BWI spokesman, said the service was "another example of the growing international service" at the Anne Arundel County airport.

"For the peak travel season, Vacation Express offers our travelers more options and easy flights to tropical beach destinations," he said.

The flights will be operated by Sunwing Airlines, part of Vacation Express' parent company, and can be booked at vacationexpress.com.

The offerings follow new service out of BWI to the Caribbean from Southwest Airlines, the airport's largest carrier, as well as new international routes from other carriers.

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