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. 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.