Category Archives: Facilities & Services

Contract signing with Accessible Adventures Transportation of Bonaire

After the introduction of the Passenger Boarding Ramps for Passengers with reduced Mobility at Flamingo International Airport in September 2018, the agreement for the operation of the two ramps with the company Accessible Ventures Transportation of Bonaire was signed on January 23, 2019 by Mr. Mario G. Bikker Interim Technical Director BIA NV and Ms. Maria Engelhardt Managing Director of Accessible Adventures Transportation of Bonaire. Now that the administrative part has been completed, the works for the start-up of the operation beginning of February 2019 will begin in order to render service to in particular wheelchair travelers.

Accessible Ventures Transportation of Bonaire already has extensive experience with this type of service in the BES islands Saba and St. Eustatius and the island of Sint Maarten.

Once again BIA wants to thank the OLB and ZVK for co-financing the ramps in order to make Bonaire a lot more wheelchair-friendly.

Management BIA

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.



BIA Celebrates Civil Aviation Day with a FOD-Walk

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 is Civil Aviation Day, first celebrated back in 1994.  BIA will celebrate this landmark day with a FOD-walk.

Foreign object debris (FOD) is a substance, debris, or article alien to a vehicle or system which would potentially cause damage, particularly in an aviation or aerospace setting.  It is imperative for safe operations to keep the runway and platform free of any FOD.

The ICAO Council’s motto is, “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind,” and at BIA, with this next FOD–Walk, we are amending that to say, “Working Together to Ensure No FOD is Left Behind.”

Thereby BIA would appreciate the participation of all organizations on the premises of the airport, to help commemorate this special day, especially those making use of the air-side at Flamingo Airport.  Besides BIA personnel, we invite all ground handlers, airlines, KMAR, Customs, RFFS, Swissport, CUROIL, Always Green, JCT Cleaning, Fundashon Mariadal, Tower, and Bonaire Aviation to participate.

The FOD-Walk will take place on 7th December from 10:25 AM to 11:25 AM.  It commences at the parking stand #6 and will end just past the Curoil building.  There will be refreshments for all participants, and a keepsake from Papa Pasku.  Do remember to bring your safety vest and shoes, and please join us to keep your Flamingo Airport FOD-free.

(Source:  BIA Operations)




Now Available–Purchase Your Travel Insurance at Flamingo Airport

Airline passengers can now complete and purchase their travel insurance at Flamingo Airport–even if it is at the last minute!

Earlier this week, Ennia introduced two kiosks in the waiting area of the airport, where passengers can quickly purchase travel insurance before boarding their flight.

In the picture Mr. Reinald Curiel (CCO ENNIA) and Mr. Michael Nicholas (CEO BIA) during the official handover of the cooperation agreement between BIA and ENNIA.

In the picture Mr. Reinald Curiel (CCO ENNIA) and Mr. Michael Nicholas (CEO BIA) during the official handover of the cooperation agreement between BIA and ENNIA.

(Source:  Ennia and Bonaire International Airport)



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)



Bonaire International Airport Hosts MIVABO

Recently a group from MIVABO, an organization on Bonaire for persons with reduced mobility, visited Bonaire International Airport.  The group was hosted by BIA and all participants were given a tour of the facilities.

The group completed the tour, visiting the departure gates, the area for passenger traffic from the planes to the terminal, baggage claim, and the arrivals hall.

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