BIA would like to remind all departing airline passengers that the transport of marine souvenirs—shells, corals, sea fans, sponges, or any other similar artifacts that originated in the sea—from the island is expressly forbidden by law. Not only is the collection of such souvenirs violating the regulations of the Bonaire National Marine Park, but it also violates the CITES Convention, of which The Netherlands has been a member country since 1984. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments and its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Luggage and carry-on items of departing passengers may be legally searched, and should items be found that violate these laws, the items will be confiscated. Penalties, and even arrest, may result, so BIA urges its departing visitors to leave those items on the beach and “take only memories, leave only footprints.”
On 5 February, 2016, Bonaire International Airport hosted a meeting on airport development. Attending this meeting were Mr. E. Ch. Michael Nicolaas, Mrs. Vanessa Tunk and Mr. Julio Statie on behalf of BIA, Mr. Gilbert Isabella, Dutch representative on behalf of the Dutch government and Commissioner Clark Abraham and Mr. Hennyson Thielman on behalf of the local government (OLB).
Mr. Michael Nicolaas presented a presentation with focus on development of the airport. The discussion covered the current business state of BIA, the daily challenges and the business and development opportunities, and how the local and Dutch government can help achieve the goals set for the development of the airport.
It was a very positive, interesting and lively discussion with both governments understanding the goals and are willing to do their utmost to achieve the projected developments for our Airport. A next meeting will be planned shortly.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recently published their Economic Report for the January 2016 Air Transport Monthly Monitor. A portion of this report ranks the airlines of the world.
Three of the five top-ranked airlines provide regularly scheduled service to Bonaire. From North America, both United Airlines and Delta are respectively ranked #2 and #3, while from Europe, KLM-Air France is ranked #5 worldwide.
View the entire Air Transport Monthly Monitor for January 2016 by clicking here (available in PDF).
Starting June 12, 2016, United will offer a second non-stop flight from Newark to Bonaire every Sunday.
The southbound Bonaire flight will depart Newark International Airport (EWR) on Sunday at 9:00am, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 1:45pm. The northbound return flight will depart BON at 2:45pm, and arrive at EWR at 7:50pm. The Sunday non-stop flight is slated to run through August, 2016.
In addition to the Sunday flight, United will still offer their Saturday non-stop service from EWR to BON. The southbound United flight UA1422 will depart EWR every Saturday at 9:00 am, and arrive at BON 1:45 pm. The northbound United flight UA1420 will depart BON every Saturday at 2:45 pm, and arrive at EWR 7:50 pm.
For more information, or to make a reservation, visit United.com.
On 4 February, 2016, Bonaire International Airport hosted the initial Routes Development Committee meeting of 2016. These meetings are held regularly, and provide feedback, input, and goals relating to Bonaire’s airlift. Attending this meeting were Mr. E. Ch. Michael Nicolaas and Mr. Leonel Domacassé on behalf of BIA (Chair), Mr. Maurice Adriaens and Ms. Malinda Hassell on behalf of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, Ms. Candice Kimmel on behalf of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (North America), and Ms. Irene Dingjan on behalf of BONHATA.
Mr. Maurice Adriaens, Director, Tourism Corporation Bonaire
Mr. Nicolaas officially opened the meeting and welcomed all attending. He gave a special welcome to Mr. Adriaens, who this month began his role as the new director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. Mr. Adriaens shared some of his background credentials and expressed his desire to make a positive impact on Bonaire’s tourism.
A special focus in this Routes Development Committee meeting was placed upon airline traffic originating from the North American market, and, with over 30 years of aviation marketing experience, Ms. Kimmel provided her expertise in driving the dialog consisting of a review of historical data to identify trends, potential new North American markets for Bonaire, as well as the identification of areas where Bonaire can improve its airlift services.
Finally, there was an opportunity to review each airline carrier currently serving Bonaire and identify and discuss the latest developments from their respective markets. With tourism being the main factor driving Bonaire’s economy, airlift to the island is a top priority, and BIA wishes to assist in any effort to improve airlift.
The next Routes Development Committee meeting is scheduled for March, 2016 and will focus upon the South American and European markets.