Monthly Archives: May 2016

Airlift Committee Visits to U.S. Legacy Carriers Deemed a Success

**Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines Welcomed Bonaire Delegation For Discussions on Maximizing and Expanding Service**

Last week a delegation from Bonaire comprised of Airlift Committee Chairman, Michael Nicolaas, CEO Bonaire International Airport, Maurice Adriaens, CEO Tourism Corporation Bonaire, Irene Dingjan, CEO BONHATA and Candice Adams Kimmel, the TCB Representative in North America, traveled to the US headquarters of the three legacy US airlines, Delta, United and American.

Meetings were held with the Network Planning, Revenue Management and Sales Teams of all three carriers. The sessions with Delta and United focused on reinforcing our partnerships to maximize lift and explore opportunities for expansion, while discussions with American Airlines focused on the potential of starting service to Bonaire.

“We were gratified by the welcome extended to us by all three carriers” said Michael Nicolaas, Airlift Committee Chairman and CEO of the Bonaire International Airport. “Their commitment to spending the time with us and the warm, forthright nature of the discussions is a testament to Bonaire’s relationship with the carriers and our growing importance in the marketplace,” he concluded.

A short video and destination presentation highlighting Bonaire’s upcoming airport expansion, growing accommodation sector and product enhancements updated the airlines on the anticipated increase in demand for the island. Discussions on how each of the individual airlines would handle the growing demand followed.

Delta and United both confirmed their schedules going forward and noted that they had the flexibility to put a larger plane on the Bonaire route should demand warrant more inbound seats. They also revealed aircraft interior updates that included the installation of new slim line seats that would automatically increase the seat capacity of current planes by 12 to 19 seats.

At American Airlines, the Network Planning Team was very interested in the projected growth for Bonaire as outlined in an independent study commissioned by Bonaire International Airport, as well as the upcoming airport, accommodation and product innovations. American committed to evaluate the proposal for service put forth by the Airlift Committee and come back with their recommendations for moving forward.

 

KNMI Gave Presentation During Islands Airport Safety Committee on Bonaire

KNMI was asked to take part by Bonaire International Airport (BIA) in the 11th edition of the IASC, the Islands Airport Safety Committee. The IASC deals with the safety and quality of airports in the region. During this conference, which was held in Bonaire at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, KNMI gave a presentation on its activities in general and specifically on those for Bonaire airport.

KNMI mainly briefed the participants on their authorized observations that relate to infrastructure and services. KNMI provides the Bonaire airport, and its users (such as airlines and GA (private jets and recreational traffic)), with current and expected weather conditions at the airport.

With this, KNMI contributes to a safe and efficient handling of the air traffic on Bonaire. KNMI ensures the early availability of products and services and this has been drawn up in a Service Level Agreement with the airport.

KNMI’s weather and expected conditions, including any warnings, can be viewed on the BIA web site at http://www.bonaireinternationalairport.com/bonaires-weather/

(Source:  RCN)

 

United Airlines Extends Airfare Sale to Bonaire Through June 7

**Additional Summer Sale for Saturday and Sunday Flights from Newark to Bonaire Start as Low as $421**

Tourism Corporation Bonaire today announced that United Airlines has extended the booking window for their Newark Summer Fare Sale for all destinations originally covered through Tuesday, June 7, 2016, for travel from June 12 – August 14, 2016.

Furthermore, United Airlines is offering a deeply discounted local sale for both the Saturday and Sunday Newark-Bonaire flights. This fare is only available for flights originating from Newark, and not from any connecting cities. The Saturday flight round trip ticket starts as low as $501 including taxes and fees. The Sunday flight round trip ticket starts as low as $421 including taxes and fees.

“We are gratified for our long-time partnership with United Airlines, and their support with extending the boking window on the Newark Summer Sale through June,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The special local fare added to the Summer Sale will also provide us with the opportunity to grow the New Jersey/New York market. We are excited to keep developing our partnership with United Airlines.”

The Saturday and Sunday flights will depart from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 7:55am, and arrive into Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 12:40pm. The return flights will depart BON at 1:40pm and arrive into EWR at 6:45pm.

To confirm fare and seat availability from the gateway cities listed above, visit United’s website by clicking here.

(Source:  Tourism Corporation Bonaire)

Bonaire Announces United Airlines Fare Sale from Newark

**Summer Sunday flight from Newark to Bonaire on Sale Now Through May 17**

 

Tourism Corporation Bonaire today announced a special summer fare sale for the United Airlines’ Newark-Bonaire Sunday flight. The flight must be booked before May 17, 2016, for travel from June 12 – August 14, 2016.

 

“We are gratified that the summer demand for Bonaire is strong enough to warrant twice-weekly flights from long-time partner United Airlines,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Bonaire. “The importance of the airlines working with the destination to best serve our visitors cannot be overstated, and I thank United for their support,” he concluded.

 

The Sunday flight will depart from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 7:55am, and arrive into Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 12:40pm. The return flight will depart BON at 1:40pm and arrive into EWR at 6:45pm.

Sample sale fares from connecting cities include:
sampleairfaresTravel dates are subject to availability and may not be offered on both outbound and return dates. Includes taxes and fees. Some restrictions may apply. Applicable bag charges and round-trip travel apply.

To confirm fare and seat availability from the gateway cities listed above, visit United’s website by clicking here.

(Source:  Tourism Corporation Bonaire)