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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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Airlift Committee Visits to U.S. Legacy Carriers Deemed a Success

**Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines Welcomed Bonaire Delegation For Discussions on Maximizing and Expanding Service**

Last week a delegation from Bonaire comprised of Airlift Committee Chairman, Michael Nicolaas, CEO Bonaire International Airport, Maurice Adriaens, CEO Tourism Corporation Bonaire, Irene Dingjan, CEO BONHATA and Candice Adams Kimmel, the TCB Representative in North America, traveled to the US headquarters of the three legacy US airlines, Delta, United and American.

Meetings were held with the Network Planning, Revenue Management and Sales Teams of all three carriers. The sessions with Delta and United focused on reinforcing our partnerships to maximize lift and explore opportunities for expansion, while discussions with American Airlines focused on the potential of starting service to Bonaire.

“We were gratified by the welcome extended to us by all three carriers” said Michael Nicolaas, Airlift Committee Chairman and CEO of the Bonaire International Airport. “Their commitment to spending the time with us and the warm, forthright nature of the discussions is a testament to Bonaire’s relationship with the carriers and our growing importance in the marketplace,” he concluded.

A short video and destination presentation highlighting Bonaire’s upcoming airport expansion, growing accommodation sector and product enhancements updated the airlines on the anticipated increase in demand for the island. Discussions on how each of the individual airlines would handle the growing demand followed.

Delta and United both confirmed their schedules going forward and noted that they had the flexibility to put a larger plane on the Bonaire route should demand warrant more inbound seats. They also revealed aircraft interior updates that included the installation of new slim line seats that would automatically increase the seat capacity of current planes by 12 to 19 seats.

At American Airlines, the Network Planning Team was very interested in the projected growth for Bonaire as outlined in an independent study commissioned by Bonaire International Airport, as well as the upcoming airport, accommodation and product innovations. American committed to evaluate the proposal for service put forth by the Airlift Committee and come back with their recommendations for moving forward.

 

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.