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)

KLM Adds Extra Capacity for Flights to Bonaire Over the Summer Months

The summer is a popular time for those from the European Netherlands to visit the Caribbean Netherlands, and KLM is adding in extra capacity on its flights to Bonaire to accommodate the additional passengers.

The route between Amsterdam and Bonaire/Aruba will be served with an Airbus 330-200, and will also be flown on Sunday. There will be six weekly flights between Bonaire/Aruba and Amsterdam during the months of summer vacation.

“We are very pleased to deploy additional capacity on this route and hope it shall meet the high demand during the summer holiday period,” says Pieter de Man, Regional General Manager Air France KLM Caribbean and Suriname.

For more information on the exact arrival and departure times or to book tickets, passengers can visit www.klm.com.

On all intercontinental flights, KLM offers flight service with meals, (alcoholic) drinks, snacks, luggage, and personal video entertainment with a selection of over 150 different movies, series/documentaries and music.  (Source:  KLM)

BIA Welcomes Safety & Quality Assurance Specialists

Bonaire International Airport NV (BIA NV) warmly welcomes the Safety & Quality Assurance specialists from the airports of Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Surinam, and Antigua & Barbuda to the 11th Island Airport Safety Committee (IASC) meeting on May 16-20, 2016.

 

 About the 11th IASC meeting:

The 11th IASC meeting will be hosted by the BIA NV from May 16-20, 2016. The Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino will be the main location where the meeting will be held. The first two days of the meeting will be dedicated to lectures and addressing safety topics of interest to all the participating airports, while the last three days of the meeting will be dedicated for the professionals as a team to perform a safety audit of the Flamingo Airport. This year extra attention will be given to the RFFS in preparation for an audit to BIA from the Dutch Ministry of inspections ILT. On the last day of the conference a summary of the shortcomings detected are being presented to the BIA Management in the form of a power point presentation and an official audit report from the IASC will follows.

Over the years, the IASC meeting has made its name as an important airport safety events within the above mentioned airports, addressing safety topics and the performance of the safety audit. In 2006 this IASC has initiated in Aruba after a Safety Management System training. Last year the 10th year of the IASC meeting have been celebrated in great manner in Curacao with a summit and the traditional meeting. The IASC meeting is being held once a year and every time one of the participating airports will host the meeting.

During the IASC meeting this year attention will be given the topic of airport development, due to the fact that the Flamingo Airport is in development. The IASC meeting itself will contribute to enhance the airfield safety at the participating airports and creating opportunity to exchange knowledge within the airports in the region.

This year the 11th IASC meeting will be chaired again by the Delegation from Aruba, Mr. Andry Lopez. Further, during this meeting the new chairman for the upcoming two years will be appointed/elected. According to the bylaws of the IASC, every two years a new Chairman and Secretary will be elected.

The point of contacts from BIA for this 11th IASC meeting is the Safety & Quality Assurance Officer Mr. Nilo Emerenciana with his assisting Organizational Committee consisting of Vanessa Tunk, Yandra Finies, Burnly Goeloe, Julio Statie, and Gregorio Matthew.

The IASC meeting is always very well organized, and attended by the majority of the mentioned airports in the region with 2-4 persons per airport, so Flamingo Airport looks forward to welcoming about 15 to 20 IASC delegates.

 

Collection of Marine Souvenirs is Against the Law

BIA would like to remind all departing airline passengers that the transport of marine souvenirs—shells, corals, sea fans, sponges, or any other similar artifacts that originated in the sea—from the island is expressly forbidden by law.  Not only is the collection of such souvenirs violating the regulations of the Bonaire National Marine Park, but it also violates the CITES Convention, of which The Netherlands has been a member country since 1984.  CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments and its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Luggage and carry-on items of departing passengers may be legally searched, and should items be found that violate these laws, the items will be confiscated.  Penalties, and even arrest, may result, so BIA urges its departing visitors to leave those items on the beach and “take only memories, leave only footprints.”

 

 

BIA Hosts Airport Development Meeting

On 5 February, 2016, Bonaire International Airport hosted a meeting on airport development. Attending this meeting were Mr. E. Ch. Michael Nicolaas, Mrs. Vanessa Tunk and Mr. Julio Statie on behalf of BIA, Mr. Gilbert Isabella, Dutch representative on behalf of the Dutch government and Commissioner Clark Abraham and Mr. Hennyson Thielman on behalf of the local government (OLB).

Mr. Michael Nicolaas presented a presentation with focus on development of the airport. The discussion covered the current business state of BIA, the daily challenges and the business and development opportunities, and how the local and Dutch government can help achieve the goals set for the development of the airport.

It was a very positive, interesting and lively discussion with both governments understanding the goals and are willing to do their utmost to achieve the projected developments for our Airport. A next meeting will be planned shortly.

Three of the Five Top World Airlines Provide Regular Service to Bonaire

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recently published their Economic Report for the January 2016 Air Transport Monthly Monitor.  A portion of this report ranks the airlines of the world.

Three of the five top-ranked airlines provide regularly scheduled service to Bonaire.  From North America, both United Airlines and Delta are respectively ranked #2 and #3, while from Europe, KLM-Air France is ranked #5 worldwide.

View the entire Air Transport Monthly Monitor for January 2016 by clicking here (available in PDF).

United Airlines to Increase Service to Bonaire from Newark for the Summer

Starting June 12, 2016, United will offer a second non-stop flight from Newark to Bonaire every Sunday.

The southbound Bonaire flight will depart Newark International Airport (EWR) on Sunday at 9:00am, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 1:45pm. The northbound return flight will depart BON at 2:45pm, and arrive at EWR at 7:50pm. The Sunday non-stop flight is slated to run through August, 2016.

In addition to the Sunday flight, United will still offer their Saturday non-stop service from EWR to BON. The southbound United flight UA1422 will depart EWR every Saturday at 9:00 am, and arrive at BON 1:45 pm. The northbound United flight UA1420 will depart BON every Saturday at 2:45 pm, and arrive at EWR 7:50 pm.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit United.com.

BIA Hosts Initial 2016 Routes Development Committee Meeting

On 4 February, 2016, Bonaire International Airport hosted the initial Routes Development Committee meeting of 2016.  These meetings are held regularly, and provide feedback, input, and goals relating to Bonaire’s airlift.  Attending this meeting were Mr. E. Ch. Michael Nicolaas and Mr. Leonel Domacassé  on behalf of BIA (Chair), Mr. Maurice Adriaens and Ms. Malinda Hassell on behalf of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, Ms. Candice Kimmel on behalf of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (North America), and Ms. Irene Dingjan on behalf of BONHATA.
Mr. Maurice Adriaens, Director, Tourism Corporation Bonaire

Mr. Maurice Adriaens, Director, Tourism Corporation Bonaire

Mr. Nicolaas officially opened the meeting and welcomed all attending.  He gave a special welcome to Mr. Adriaens, who this month began his role as the new director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire.  Mr. Adriaens shared some of his background credentials and expressed his desire to make a positive impact on Bonaire’s tourism.

A special focus in this Routes Development Committee meeting was placed upon airline traffic originating from the North American market, and, with over 30 years of aviation marketing experience, Ms. Kimmel provided her expertise in driving the dialog consisting of a review of historical data to identify trends, potential new North American markets for Bonaire, as well as the identification of areas where Bonaire can improve its airlift services.

Finally, there was an opportunity to review each airline carrier currently serving Bonaire and identify and discuss the latest developments from their respective markets.  With tourism being the main factor driving Bonaire’s economy, airlift to the island is a top priority, and BIA wishes to assist in any effort to improve airlift.

The next Routes Development Committee meeting is scheduled for March, 2016 and will focus upon the South American and European markets.

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