Monthly Archives: February 2018

Operating Hours at Bonaire International Airport (Flamingo Airport Bonaire)

The Management of Bonaire International Airport hereby informs you that effective March 1st, 2018 the operating hours of Flamingo International Airport will be from 06:00-23:00.  This implies that no aircraft will be allowed to land and/or take off between 23:00 – 06:00.

The revised operating hours of Flamingo International Airport will not have an impact on the individual requirements of each airline as for the opening of the check-in counters and related passenger’s services.

The new operating hours will also have no impact on emergency or rescue flights.

 

 

CN-Express Connects Windward Islands with Bonaire

The initial CN-Express flight arrived on Bonaire today.

CN-Express provides a direct air link between the BES Islands and Sint Maarten.

The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) have joined forces to establish a direct air link between Bonaire and the Windward islands. Last week, Ruud Peters (Head of the Shared Service Organization RCN) signed the agreement with Winair on behalf of BZK and this morning Bonaire International Airport welcomed the first CN-Express flight to Bonaire.

After hurricanes Irma and Maria, the important international hub of St. Maarten experienced difficulties. Sister BES islands Saba and St. Eustatius are in need of extra accessibility to support economic development, medical referrals, and commuter traffic.

CN-Express provides an air link between the BES Islands.CN-Express flight schedule.

Under the name of CN-Express, there are now flights every Monday and Friday for a period of three months. After six weeks, the CN-Express will be evaluated and it will be determined if it meets the needs of the BES islands.

Equipment used for CN-Express flights.

An ATR42 aircraft from Air Antilles will be used to fly the new route. This 48-seat aircraft will fly between St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. A Winair Twin Otter feeder is then used to connect Saba with St. Eustatius. The direct flight between Bonaire and Statia will take about two hours.

Seats are available to the public.

RCN has purchased a number of seats on each flight for medical referrals and employees. In addition, a fixed amount of seats will be sold on the free market. Tickets are priced $300 for a one-way trip. This price applies to the flights BON-EUX, BON-SAB and BON-SXM (or vice versa). Airport taxes and booking fees are additional.

Although it was originally planned for the CN-Express to commence flights in January 2018, additional efforts were required by all parties in order to finalize the agreement with WinAir, which, in the months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, was focusing upon restoring their existing routes.

For information about tickets, please contact BON Travel (info@bontravel.com) or visit www.fly-winair.sx.

(Source:  RCN)

 

Bonaire and Delta Celebrate Ten Years of Flights from Atlanta to Bonaire

Bonaire celebrates with Delta on the occasion of their ten-year anniversary of flights to the island.

On Saturday, 10 February, 2018, BIA marked another major milestone in Bonaire’s aviation history when the island of Bonaire celebrated ten years of successful, reliable flight service from Delta’s Atlanta hub to Bonaire. Delta’s flight crew, on behalf of the entire Delta team, was honored on Saturday with a ceremony and presentation of gifts upon their arrival at the airport.

Delta first began non-stop service from Atlanta to Bonaire in 2008.

Delta Air Lines inaugurated service to Bonaire for the first time on February 9, 2008. In the decade since that first flight, Delta has been responsive to Bonaire’s growing demand for flight services, adding in capacity and frequency as the island steadily built its tourism infrastructure. Delta’s confidence in Bonaire’s tourism industry, along with their willingness to provide the assets to support its growth, has assisted with raising awareness of Bonaire as a unique and appealing Caribbean destination.

Delta’s flight was welcomed upon arrival with a water cannon salute by Bonaire’s Fire Brigade. The Director of Tourism, Mr. Maurice Adriaens, personally welcomed the passengers as they disembarked the aircraft. Arriving passengers were immediately immersed in Bonaire’s culture upon exiting the luggage claim area, as local music played to greet them, and gifts of Bonaire Sea Salt Pyramids, courtesy of Mr. Saltman, were provided.

“The island of Bonaire is delighted with the successful partnership it has enjoyed with Delta over the past decade. Delta has proven to be an asset, with their flexibility in augmenting additional flights or scheduling larger planes, as demand increases. We look forward to celebrating many more ten-year anniversaries with Delta in the future,” said Mr. Adriaens.

(Source:  Tourism Corporation Bonaire)

 

 

BIA Welcomes Divi Divi Air’s Twin Otters

Divi Divi Air’s New Twin Otters to provide service between Bonaire and Aruba and Curacao.

On Monday, 29 January 2018, BIA welcomed the inaugural flight of Divi Divi Air’s new Twin Otter, as they commenced flights between Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao.

A welcoming party made up of Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, the Honorable Edison Rijna, along with the Director of Tourism, Maurice Adriaens, welcomed the owner of Divi Divi Air, Mrs. Germaine Richie-Durand, on the first official flight of Divi’s new service with two 19-seater Twin Otters.

Divi Divi Air has been providing service between Bonaire and Curacao for the past 17 years with Islander planes accommodating eight passengers.  The two new Twin Otters can now accommodate 19 passengers.

The details of the revised flight schedule including the Twin Otters are being finalized but should be available shortly via Divi’s website.