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Monday, November 02, 2015

TUIfly (Formerly Arke) Expands Flight Service to Bonaire from Amsterdam

TUIfly’s new flight schedule as of November, 2015 consists of nine flights per week to the Dutch Antilles, of which three flights per week are to Bonaire, four flights per week to Aruba, and two flights per week to Sint Maarten.

All flights are triangle flights, and are combined with a stop in Curacao, with the exception of one direct flight to Curacao every Saturday. With this new schedule, the flight capacity to Bonaire will also increase substantially by approximately 40%.

The entire flight operation to the Dutch Antilles is executed by Boeing 787 Dreamliners (TUIfly has three of these new, state-of-the-art aircraft).  (Source:  TUIfly)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 02, 2015 at 1:28pm AST
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bonaire’s Tourism (Arriving by Air) Increases Five Percent in First Half 2015

As reported by Statistics Netherlands, Bonaire received five percent more air passengers as tourists in the first half of 2015 than in the same period in 2014.

In the first half of 2015, 68.8 thousand tourists landed on Bonaire, an increase of over 5% compared to the first six months in 2014. April 2015 was an especially high month, when Bonaire saw 1,300 more tourist than the year before for the same month.

More than half of the tourists flying to Bonaire were Dutch nationals. Of this group, 29%lived in the European part of the Netherlands, while the other 25% were Dutch nationals who lived outside of the Netherlands. Those from the United States formed the second largest group of tourists with 23%.

(Source:  RCN)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 27, 2015 at 11:55am AST
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Thursday, September 03, 2015

KLM Announces Winter Schedule for Flights to Bonaire

KLM has just announced their winter schedule for flights to and from Bonaire.  Beginning on November 9th, 2015, on Thursdays and Fridays KLM will fly directly from Amsterdam to Bonaire, with return flights back to Amsterdam via Aruba.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the flight will first fly to Aruba before continuing on to Bonaire, with non-stop return flights to Amsterdam from Bonaire.

With this new schedule, KLM offers its passengers from Aruba and Bonaire the ability to fly directly there and back. All flights are operated to Aruba and Bonaire with an Airbus 330-200, and on Thursdays with an Airbus 330-300.

For more information on the exact arrival and departure or booking tickets can contact passengers on www.klm.com(Source:  KLM)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 03, 2015 at 10:12am AST
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Delta and United Airlines To Operate Additional Flights Over Year-End Holidays and Winter Season

Just in time for the peak holiday season, both United Airlines and Delta have recently announced that they will each operate additional flights over the year-end holidays as well as the winter season to assist travelers with getting to Bonaire during busy times.

Delta will add two more non-stop flights to Bonaire from Atlanta beginning December 19, 2015. The southbound Delta flight DL665 will depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 9:45am and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45pm every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The northbound return flight DL482 will depart Bonaire at 3:42pm and arrive at Atlanta at 7:05pm every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Tuesday flight will be removed for the winter lull (January 5 - February 9, 2016); then back to 3 times a week on February 13, 2016. The three weekly non-stop flights are slated to run through March 2016. 

For United, their Newark non-stop flight to Bonaire will return early from hiatus on Saturday, September 26, 2015. During the holiday season, United will be adding extra flights to their Houston and Newark schedules. From November 20 - December 1, 2015, the southbound United flight UA1402 will depart George Bush International Airport (IAH) every Friday and Saturday at 1:00pm and arrive at Bonaire at 7:45pm. The northbound return flight UA1401 will depart Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am and arrive at Houston at 10:25am. From December 11, 2015 - January 4, 2016, the southbound United flight UA 1422 will depart EWR every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and arrive at Bonaire at 2:37pm. The northbound United flight UA 1420 will depart Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday at 3:32pm and arrive at Newark at 7:27pm. 

Those that have experienced full flights when attempting to book their travel to Bonaire can now check availability again.  (Source: TCB-NA)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 21, 2015 at 3:32pm AST
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Mr. E.Ch.M. (Michael) Nicolaas Joins Bonaire International Airport as CEO

The Supervisory Board (SB) of Bonaire International Airport NV (BIA) announces that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of BIA, on the recommendation of the Supervisory Board, has decided to appoint Mr. E.Ch.M. (Michael) Nicolaas as CEO commencing 1 April.  As of the same date, Mr. L.A. (Les) Laplace has been re-appointed as Director of BIA in charge of Operations (COO). These appointments are necessary to ensure a fortified organization in facing the many future challenges and the next steps in the development of the Flamingo Airport.

Mr. Nicolaas was born in Aruba from parents born in Bonaire. Mr. Nicolaas has more than forty (40) years of experience in managing airports and has worked for more than five (5) airport operators in South America and the Caribbean.

In the opinion of the Supervisory Board, this positive development shall certainly be beneficial to Bonaire in general and to the Flamingo Airport in particular.

The Supervisory Board wishes the new CEO, Mr. Nicolaas, and the Director in charge of Operations (COO), Mr. Laplace, all wisdom and success with the further development of Bonaire International Airport.

Pictured from left to right: Jan Willem storm van ‘s Gravesande – Vice President Supervisory Board; Les Laplace – Director BIA; Etienne Ys – President Supervisory Board; Anthony Nicolaas – Secretary Supervisory Board; Michael Nicolaas – Pres. Director BIA; Alain Maca – Member Supervisory Board.

(Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on March 20, 2015 at 4:49pm AST
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Minister of Interior Affairs Plasterk Visits Bonaire International Airport

Last week on Monday, November 17th, 2014, Minister Plasterk of Interior Affairs paid a visit to BIA, Bonaire International Airport, to acquaint himself with the many developments of the airport. Minister Plasterk was accompanied by the Head of Internal Affairs, Mr. Erwin Arkenbout and the State Representative, Mr. Gilbert Isabella and the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Edison Rijna. BIA was represented by the Director, Mr. Les Laplace and the President of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Mr. Etienne Ys.

(Pictured from left to right: Etienne Ys, Minister Plasterk, Les Laplace, Edison Rijna, and Gilbert Isabella)

After thanking the Minister for his interest he had shown, Les Laplace gave a brief but thorough explanation on BIA developments. The minister considers BIA a very important part in the social economic well-being of Bonaire. In saying this, the Minister will further support the continuous development of BIA in his efforts to enhance the economic development of Bonaire. Mr. Ys and Mr. Rijna also elaborated further on this topic. The airport remains not only the Gateway to Paradise but also the Gateway to the Economy of Bonaire.

After a very fruitful meeting and a press conference, the Minister boarded his flight on his onward journey. (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 25, 2014 at 1:43pm AST
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Flamingo Airport (Bonaire International Airport) to Conduct Emergency Drill

Flamingo Airport (Bonaire International Airport, or “BIA") will conduct a full-scale, airport emergency drill on Thursday, September 18, 2014.  This drill will include rescue firefighting services, law enforcements (KPCN, KMAR, Defence), health department (GHOR), the island’s social department, and KLM as the participating airline.  Other local agencies will stage an emergency scene to test their ability to respond. 

As a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to test the BIA Aerodrome Emergency Plan and government emergency response agencies, a Full Scale Emergency Exercise (FSEE) is organized with an interval not exceeding two (2) to three (3) years.  Therefore, on Thursday, September 18th, Flamingo Airport will be closed from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM for all air traffic services, but the Flamingo Airport operation will remain open to process passengers.

The access roads to and from the airport will also remain open for all traffic, but there will be movement from the ambulances with sirens from Fundashon Mariadal, the Police, and other agencies to the airport to assist in the emergency drill. All those utilizing the roads in the vicinity of the airport are advised to please drive with care during the time of this planned emergency drill.

BIA recommends that passengers flying in the morning hours on this date arrive at the airport a bit earlier than normal, so as to take into consideration the possible congested traffic on the roads to and from the airport.  (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 15, 2014 at 3:34pm AST
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Delta Friday Flight Fare Sale Starts Today

Delta is now offering a Friday Flight Fare Sale for travel from select cities in the United States to Bonaire. For example, round-trip fares are as low as $598.00 from Baltimore, MD (BWI), $600.00 from New York (JFK), and $618.00 from Boston (BOS) to Bonaire are available for Friday travel.  Delta’s Friday seasonal service to Bonaire begins on August 22, 2014.

To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit www.delta.com.  Tickets must be purchased no later than August 12, 2014 with travel between August 22, 2014 and December 12, 2014.  Note that a portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection® carriers: Chautauqua Airlines, Compass Airlines, Endeavor Air, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., GoJet Airlines, Shuttle America, and SkyWest; Delta Shuttle® carriers: Shuttle America and Compass Airlines.

Terms and Conditions:
Restrictions: Fares shown are available at delta.com. Tickets cost $25 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited.

Blackout Dates: Bonaire to Boston, MA- November 22, 2014 to November 28,2014; Bonaire to Baltimore, MD- November 22, 2014 – November 28, 2014; Bonaire to Philadelphia, PA – November 22, 2014 to November 29, 2014; Bonaire to Raleigh/Durham, NYC – November 22, 2014 to November 29, 2014 Bonaire to New York (JFK), NY- August 22, 2014 – August 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD to Bonaire- November 15, 2014 to November 29, 2014; New York (JFK), NY to Bonaire- August 22, 2014 to August 23, 2014 & November 15, 2014 to November 22, 2014

Fare Validity: Fares shown are valid for Friday, while higher fares may apply for travel Saturday. Fares are valid for travel in the Economy cabin on Delta flights only.

Advance Purchase:  14 Days

Minimum Stay:  Saturday Night

Maximum Stay: None.

Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or see Ticket Changes for details.

Baggage Charges
For travel between the United States/Canada/PR/U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean & Bermuda, $25 USD/CAD1 fee for first checked bag (except flights to/from Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Haiti) and $40 USD/CAD1 fee for second checked bag. 

1: CAD or EUR amounts will be charged when exiting Canada or Europe, respectively.
Allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent or see Excess Baggage for details.

Miscellaneous: Fares, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.  (Source:  Delta)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 05, 2014 at 12:40pm AST
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Flamingo Airport Receives Accreditation with Safety Certificate Issued

Last month from June 3rd to June 6th, 2014 an extensive audit was held at Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport, also known as Bonaire International Airport. This audit was conducted by Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport from the Ministry Infrastructuur en Milieu, and was based on ICAO International Regulations. The aim was to determine whether the Flamingo Airport meets the conditions to be eligible for an Aerodrome Safety Certificate.  We’re happy to report that the audit results showed that BIA meets all requirements and that the disposition, organization, equipment and the safe use of the airport are in accordance with the applicable ICAO International regulations. As a result, the Dutch Secretary of State has issued a Safety Certificate to BIA.  This is a milestone for not only the airport, but especially for Bonaire and marks a point in its history. This makes Bonaire one of the first airports--if not the first--to be internationally certified in the region.

ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) audits facilities to a standard found in ICAO Annex 14, Volume I, “Aerodromes”, where it is stated that the operator of the aerodrome shall have an Aerodrome Manual required for the operation of the airport in use for public travel, Certification of the Airport and a Safety Management System implemented at the airport.

To be eligible for Certification the airport operator needs to demonstrate that:

a. It has a proper organization with sufficient personnel with the necessary skills and experience required to operate and maintain the aerodrome safely;
b. All facilities, services and equipment are at an acceptable level and in good condition that correspond to the provisions of Chapter 7 of the “Besluit Toezicht Luchtvaart BES;
c. The operational procedures of the airport sufficiently provide for the safe operation of aircraft;
d. It possesses and has implemented an Aerodrome Manual;
e. That a Safety Management System (SMS) is available and implemented at the aerodrome, in which also the organizational structure, obligations, powers and responsibilities of the staff members is described in order to ensure that operations are correctly and safely performed.

In connection with the above, Management of BIA filed an application with the Dutch authority “Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport” to obtain an Aerodrome Safety Certificate while submitting all required documentation, including the Aerodrome Manual and the Safety Management System.  With this, the Ministry Infrastructuur en Milieu acknowledges that the airport operator BIA effectively manages safety risks at the Flamingo Airport and is committed to continuous improvement in safety.

Congratulations go to the entire airport management and staff for reaching this important benchmark!  (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 14, 2014 at 11:09am AST
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Catch Your Dream on Bonaire--Arkefly’s 787 Dreamliner Touches Down at Flamingo Airport

You know it’s an important flight when your escorts are two Royal Dutch Air Force F-16 pilots!  This afternoon, Arkefly initiated their new 787 Dreamliner service from Amsterdam to Bonaire, and many on the island turned out to welcome them with a festive afternoon at Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport.  View images of today’s landmark flight on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery at http://bonaire.me/Z728.

With an F-16 escort on each wing, Arkefly’s first Dreamliner entered Dutch Caribbean airspace, and then landed in Curacao’s Hato International Airport, before continuing on to Bonaire International Airport, or, as it’s more commonly called, Flamingo Airport.  Here at sea level on Bonaire, things were just marginally less exciting as in the cockpits of those F-16s, as those awaiting got messages that the plane was landing within minutes.  A huge cheer went up as the wheels touched down, and, after taxiing to the apron, Bonaire’s fire brigade gave a welcome salute.

Passengers and dignitaries exited the aircraft and crossed the red carpet, where they were met by Bonaire’s own delegation, headed up by Mr. Leslie Laplace, Director of BIA, and officials from the government and tourist board.  After some short speeches, while drinks and snacks were enjoyed, everyone then boarded the 787 Dreamliner for a tour. 

From “tip to toe” the plane is roomy and will be perfect for the long flights from Holland to Bonaire.  The aft galley is so spacious that it could probably host a dance competition.  Elie Bruyninckx, CEO TUI Netherlands, says,

“Passengers traveling on Arke’s 787 will appreciate the airplane’s spacious interior, bigger windows and will arrive at their destination feeling refreshed, making it the perfect start to any holiday.”

Arke is scheduled to receive two more 787s to add to its fleet.  Bonaire welcomes the Dreamliner!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 12, 2014 at 6:33pm AST
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