Airlines offer fee waivers for Dominican Republic flights after 9 tourist deaths

Airlines have started to provide consumers with flight-change fee waivers and refunds for flights to the Dominican Republic as concerns have mounted following a string of tourist deaths in the Caribbean nation.

But how each airline is handling this situation varies, with some offering waivers to all travelers to the Dominican Republic and others handling the concerns on a case-by-case basis.

There’s still a lot of ambiguity around these cancelations. “We expect more clarity in the coming days — and more airlines to follow suit,” said Tracy Stewart, content editor at travel website Airfarewatchdog.com TRIP, -1.25% .

Since April, nine American tourists have died after falling ill while vacationing at resorts in the Dominican Republic, and many more have reported becoming gravely sick during their trips.

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