Monthly Archives: July 2016

Bonaire International Airport Highlighted in July 28, 2016 Edition of Airport World

BIA is proud to have been identified and highlighted in the July 28th, 2016 edition of Airport World, which is the magazine of the Airports Council International, as a prime example of the newly revised and ACI-endorsed Level of Service (Los) framework.  The LoS provides an airport with a single set of globally accepted passenger service guidelines.

Developed by IATA in partnership with ACI World, the LoS concept is the answer to measuring an airport’s passenger terminal against optimal industry performance and cost efficiency.  Whether gauging current service levels or planning for future infrastructure development, LoS is vital for airports to maximize returns on their capital and operating expenditures, while keeping a great passenger experience at the center of their operations.

The article stated that Bonaire International Airport (Flamingo Airport) was a prime example of the success of the LoS concept.  The article stated,

Our confidence in the merits of LoS as a critical benchmark for airport operators was clearly demonstrated during IATA’s recent work at Flamingo International Airport (BIA) in Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles. Bonaire is a small Dutch island nestled in the sunny southern Caribbean. In recent years, its tourism economy and air traffic demand have developed faster than its airport infrastructure. As a result, long winding lines and space constraints were commonplace at this seaside airport during peak periods.

With further growth on the horizon, BIA contracted IATA Consulting to perform a comprehensive LoS Assessment Study of a planned terminal expansion. The general objective of BIA’s terminal development plan is to handle future peak demand, providing an Optimum service level, until 2020.

los_biaThe article continued,

With IATA’s new LoS concept as an evaluating framework, the team was able to identify certain design weaknesses and propose an improved layout, significantly shortening waiting times and reducing line lengths, optimizing space utilization.  The design change came with minimal additional costs, but considerably enhances the passenger experience and the operational efficiency of the process. And this is just one example of many improvements the LoS Assessment Study brought.

BIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael Nicolaas, was also quoted in the article.  He stated,

The IATA team was very committed to delivering a high quality product.  They carried out extensive research to understand the needs of Bonaire Flamingo International Airport and this allowed them to develop a revised terminal expansion plan that balanced infrastructure design and costs.

In my opinion, IATA’s work in terms of service quality, timely delivery, and value for money exceeds the competition–I definitely highly recommend IATA Consulting for all airport development projects.

The entire article can be viewed on the web site of Airport World, by clicking here.

(Source:  Airport World Magazine)

 

 

United Airlines Offers Fall Fare Sale

United Airlines has just announced it is offering an airfare sale with fares as low as $447 on their non-stop Houston-Bonaire flight, for travel during September and October, 2016.

The southbound Bonaire flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50 PM. The northbound return flight departs BON on Sundays at 7:30 AM, arriving in IAH at 11:35 AM.

The weekly round-trip flight provides more options for visiting Bonaire and taking advantage of low season savings from the following connecting gateways:
  • Denver (DEN): $425
  • Chicago (ORD): $451
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $493
  • San Francisco (SFO): $523
  • Phoenix (PHX): $577
These fares are valid as of Monday, July 25, 2016 but all rates are subject to change. To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit United’s web site by clicking here.
(Source:  TCB)

 

COCARI Visits Bonaire International Airport

On July 13th, 2016, Bonaire International Airport welcomed a visit from the elderly of COCARI. The group consisted of 43 elderly people and 17 companions and was guided by Mr. Erwin Albertus.

Upon arrival, the elderly each received an “imitation boarding pass” and afterwards proceeded to the departure hall where they were treated to some refreshments while watching a presentation of the various airplanes that fly to and from Bonaire.  There, they  also received information of passenger capacity and destinations.

After the presentation, the tour continued onto the platform where the RFFS gave a short demonstration to the elderly of their crash tender CT-3 and where the elderly got the opportunity to view the firefighters in their fire suits up close and personal.

Following the demonstration they continued to the arrival hall and unto the public area where they were treated to some cultural music before returning to COCARI.

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