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)

 

 

 

BIA Was Represented at the ACI-LAC Conference, November 8-10, 2016

ACI Latin-America-Caribbean is the organization which represents the interests of the airport operators from the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. At present, ACI-LAC has 60 members, operating over 260 airports from the Latin American and the Caribbean Region.

Earlier this month, ACI-LAC hosted their annual conference in Brasilia from 8-10 November. This year’s conference and exhibition was very special, as it was commemorating the 25th anniversary of the organization. Bonaire International Airport was well represented at this important conference by BIA CEO, E.Ch.M. (Michael) Nicolaas. Mr. Nicolaas was joined by over 350 delegates from 35 countries.

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The theme to this year’s conference was “25 Years of Airport Management: Innovation and Changes, The Challenge for the Future.” The two-day conference was crafted to give delegates the chance to deliberate on issues of interest to airports.

Day one sessions included CEO insights on the future challenges and opportunities of the aviation industry in Brazil; collaboration and integration among industry organization as key factor for the development of the aviation industry; concessions contracts from the perspective of regulators and operators and Airport Infrastructure financing. Day two included sessions focused on enhancing capacity beyond infrastructure; facilitation challenges facing security threats, and airport commercial trends.

Of special note, Bonaire International Airport is delighted to report its election as a Member of the ACI-LAC Board for the period 2017-2018.  BIA CEO, Michael Nicolaas, stated,

“I look forward to helping advance the organization’s endeavors to provide support for a secure, stable, efficient and environmentally compatible airport system throughout the region.”

 

Also, it is with great pleasure that BIA introduces the new ACI-LAC Board:

CompanyRepresentativePositionCountry
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000Martín EurnekianPresidentArgentina
Corporación Quiport, S.A.Andrew O´BrianFirst VPEcuador
Aeropuertos Andinos del PerúEzequiel BarrenecheaSecond VPPeru
Grupo Aeroportuario del PacíficoFernando BosqueThird VPMexico
Aeropuertos del PerúEvans AvendañoTreasurerPeru
Miami Dade County AviationJoe NapoliAdvisor to ACI WGBUSA
Hector NavarretePast President & AdvisorMexico
Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR)David ScholzDirectorMexico
BH AirportPaulo de Souza RangelDirectorBrazil
GRU AirportGustavo FigueiredoDirectorBrazil
Aruba Airport AuthorityJames FazioDirectorAruba
L. F. Wade International AirportAaron AdderleyDirectorBermuda
Bonaire International AirportMichael NicolaasDirectorBonaire
V.C. Bird International AirportStanley SmithDirectorAntigua & Barbuda
Puerta del SurDiego ArrosaDirectorUruguay
Tocumen, S.A.Joseph Fidanque IIIDirectorPanama
INFRAEROAntonio ClaretDirectorBrazil
ECASARafael FrancoAdvisorCuba

 

AERIS Costa Rica was ratified as Host for the 2017 ACI-LAC Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.

(Source:  ACI-LAC)

 

 

Bonaire Maritime Film Festival Salutes Bonaire’s Sailors

The Bonaire Maritime Film Festival is January 14, 2017.

There’s no doubt there is an amazing allure and mystery about those hearty sailors who ventured out onto the world’s oceans and sailed the seven seas for their livings.  Bonaire’s seamen have been part of this sailing tradition, and the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation will honor them at the upcoming Bonaire Maritime Film Festival.

20151005-stormvogel-300x225Stormvogel Rising.

The festival will tell the saga about the rebirth of the Bonaire-built Stormvogel, the last of the sailing ships of the ABC Islands. This national treasure is currently being refitted to once again sail the region’s seas.

 

 


fishing_fleet_blessing_038-225x300Salute to the Sailors.

The film festival will also feature the original crew of Stormvogel, most of whom are now in the 80s.  They will be honored at this special festival evening by the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation. Some of these sailors are even well known to Bonaire visitors, and include Ismael Soliano, captain; Jan Felida, boat building crew; Luis Coffi, cook, and deckhands Lucio Soliano and Boechi Frans.

 


Vanishing Sail.

This award-winner 90-minute documentary tracks the building of a wooden boat on the Caribbean island of Carriacou and shares the wild tales of trade and smuggling as told by some of the last true West Indies seamen.


The festival’s date and time, entry fee, and location.

The film festival will take place on January 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Plaza Beach Resort. Those interested in attending this fantastic cinematic view into the old sailing era of the Caribbean, as well as meet the island’s sailors, will need to make an advance reservation and purchase a ticket.  The cost is $20.00 per person and simply email projectstormvogel@gmail.com to request your ticket.

This fine event is made possible with the support of Bonaire’s boating industry, who have donated the necessary funding.  The foundation wishes to thank ABC Marine, Boto Blanku, Budget Marine, Don Andres NV, Harbour Village Marina, and WannaDive.  Special thanks also go to Sign Studio for graphics and design support, as well as Plaza Resort Bonaire, who has graciously donated the use of a 150-seat conference room.

(Source:  Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation via The Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

Enjoy the Taste of Bonaire Wellness on November 19th, 2016

The final 2016 Taste of Bonaire features wellness.

The Taste of Bonaire events are very popular, giving everyone on Bonaire the opportunity to socialize, enjoy cultural events, and of course, try out all sorts of international foods. The last event for 2016 is this Saturday, November 19th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and there is a very special theme: Wellness.

Focus is upon Bonaire’s wellness and health practitioners and specialists.

This event seeks to spotlight all of the talented practitioners and specialists on the island who promote health and well-being and bring forth to the local community a greater awareness. There will be live demonstrations on stage and a Zen Area where those interested can try yoga and meditation. The event will feature vendors who promote health and well-being on island including Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba to name a few.

Healthy food and drinks, local music, and dance performances.

There will also be food vendors that will sell delicious yet healthy food treats including natural herbs, shakes and gluten free treats just to name a few. As special entertainment the dance group Dance Sensation will be on stage and also the band Formashon Musical Krioyo.

Begin with a 5K Walk Run.

Mas Eventz will kick off the Taste of Bonaire with a 5K Walk Run starting at 5:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. All are invited to attend. For more information regarding the walk/run, telephone 796-6270.

(Source:  TCB via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

Enter This Year’s Bonaire Photo Contest

Bonaire Photo Contest 2016

This year’s Bonaire Photo Contest, sponsored by Tourism Corporation Bonaire, is well on its way to becoming the best ever.  In late October, the first block of images were received and sent on to the international judges.  They had quite a difficult job, as they had to pre-select only 67 images from the initial 345 images received.  Contestants submitted their best images from many countries–Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Spain, USA, Germany, Netherlands, México, and Argentina.

The first block of images are now available for viewing at the contest’s official site at www.Bonairephotocontest.com.

There’s still time to enter the contest, which ends officially on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. After that date, participants will not be able to register more photos.

Visitors to Bonaire who have images they wish to submit must have visited and taken the images in 2014, 2015, or 2016.  There are some great prizes, with first-, second-, and third-prize in each category.  All prizes include a stay for two persons on Bonaire!

(Source:  Bonaire Photo Contest 2016)

 

 

Bonaire’s Reforestation Efforts Are Coming to Fruition

Why does Bonaire need to continue reforestation efforts?

Many terrestrial animals, introduced to the island hundreds of years ago, consume the native plants on Bonaire. When droughts occur, as Bonaire has experienced over the last two years, the munching of the plants can far outweigh the plant’s ability to grow and develop, many times causing native plants to die, and then allowing more invasive species to take over. Over time, deforestation of the island’s natural flora can cause weather changes–making the island hotter and drier, simply exacerbating the problem. To combat this, Bonaire has been involved with reforestation efforts for several years now.

Reforestation on Klein Bonaire.

Over the past several years, STINAPA has been at the forefront of reforestation efforts on Klein Bonaire. Volunteers have worked hard, carting water to Klein Bonaire in boats to water the baby plants until they become self-sufficient. The efforts have been successful, and it is hoped that the skyline of Klein Bonaire will soon start to be higher and greener.

Reforestation on Bonaire.

But what about the main island? Here, grazing goats, pigs, and donkeys consume native plant species at an alarming rate. STINAPA has held Tree-Planting Festivals in Washington Park for several years now, and this year’s event is coming up later this month. But it’s not enough and the island needs greater efforts.

Echo Foundation and the Dry Forest.

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Echo Foundation is well known now for its monumental efforts to help save Bonaire’s Yellow-Shouldered Amazon parrots, more commonly known locally as loras, as the species is vulnerable to poaching and habitat destruction. To assist the parrots, and also the prikichi, the Brown-Throated Parakeet found on Bonaire, Echo is doing its best to help reforest the naturally occurring Dry Forest Ecosystem on the island.

How to reforest the Dry Forest?

With a mandate, support, and funding from Bonaire’s island government, Echo has plans to accomplish this lofty goal by reforesting 20,000 trees in ten reforestation areas, from which all exotic herbivores (goats, donkeys and pigs) are excluded.

Bonaire’s visitors can help with the reforestation efforts.

Now, with the rainy season upon us, Echo is actively planting the young trees it has been nurturing for some time.  On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, they will host a Tree Planting Day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Join in Echo’s tree-planting day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

To join in and have some good, old-fashioned fun at the same time, meet at the entrance to Washington Park at 8:00 AM. Transportation will be provided from the entrance of the park to the work site, or just look for Echo’s vehicle.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided to all planters, but those participating should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sun-screen, a water bottle, and gardening tools, if you have them.

Register your participation.

Please let Echo know you will be helping out.  Simply telephone them at 785-4128 or email info@echobonaire.org.

"We live by our nature; let's work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire."

“We live by our nature; let’s work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire.”

Can’t plant, but want to know more?

For those who can’t join in the planting, but would like to know more about Bonaire’s reforestation efforts, everyone can join in a free, informative evening at CIEE on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  During this presentation, Quirijn Coolen (Reforestation Warden at Echo) and Johan van Blerk (Nursery Manager at Echo) will be explaining the foundation’s part in the reforestation project and provide additional information about the planning, management, and community involvement in this important project.

 

(Source:  Echo Foundation, CIEE Bonaire via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

United’s Bonaire-Houston Flight Requires Three-hour Check-in

United Airlines is reminding Houston-bound passengers from Bonaire that check-in should be done three hours prior to departure.

The check-in desk is available from 4:30 AM for the international flight to Houston.  The three hours is needed to check in all passengers, and also insure they have sufficient time to go through security and immigration.

United’s goal is not to leave anyone behind, but also to leave on time so all passengers easily can make their onward connections.  Those passengers arriving after 5:00 AM may not have enough time for all procedures.

(Source:  BONHATA)

 

The New Courtyard by Marriott is Opening 2nd December, 2016

Bonaire will receive its first brand-name hotel, when the Courtyard by Marriott opens on 2nd December, 2016.

With its ideal location just minutes from the airport, the property will boast of a state-of-the-art lobby, providing greater flexibility and choices for their guests.

The Courtyard by Marriott will provide an excellent location for those traveling to Bonaire for business, as well as pleasure, as there are inviting, flexible spaces in which to work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout, and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via their GoBoard technology.

The property also has a well-equipped fitness center, and an outdoor infinity pool to help keep guests refreshed and energized.  The Market, a 24-hour on-site convenience store, will allow guests to purchase drinks and snacks to take back to their rooms.

Artist's rendition of the Courtyard by Marriott on Bonaire.

Artist’s rendition of the Courtyard by Marriott on Bonaire.

The new Courtyard by Marriott has the following amenities:

  • Restaurant with terrace seating for lunch or dinner
  • Outdoor infinity pool and whirlpool
  • Well equipped fitness center open 24/7
  • The convenience store, The Market, open 24/7
  • Laundry services
  • Business library
  • Interactive virtual concierge services
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Convenient mobile check-in services
  • All public areas and guestrooms are non-smoking
  • Accessible guestrooms and public areas
  • Daily continental and full American buffet breakfast

Further additions are planned for 2017 including an on-site casino and retail dive store with diving facilities.

The new property also has meeting facilities with three state-of-the-art meeting/event spaces, totaling 2,730 square feet and accommodating up to 210 persons.  Additionally, there are unique, outdoor venues available with modern technology and audio visual equipment.

The opening of the Courtyard by Marriott provides an additional 140 rooms to the accommodations capacity on Bonaire.  There are 136 spacious guestrooms with canal view and 4 luxurious suites with canal view.  Room amenities include air-conditioning,  LCD 32” TV, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, Heavenly Marriott bedding, flexible spaces in which to work or relax, mini-fridge, in-room safe, iron with ironing board, radio and alarm clock, hair dryer, and coffee and tea.

For more information, or to make reservations, visit their web site.

(Source:  Courtyard by Marriott)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

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