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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.


KNMI Gave Presentation During Islands Airport Safety Committee on Bonaire

KNMI was asked to take part by Bonaire International Airport (BIA) in the 11th edition of the IASC, the Islands Airport Safety Committee. The IASC deals with the safety and quality of airports in the region. During this conference, which was held in Bonaire at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, KNMI gave a presentation on its activities in general and specifically on those for Bonaire airport.

KNMI mainly briefed the participants on their authorized observations that relate to infrastructure and services. KNMI provides the Bonaire airport, and its users (such as airlines and GA (private jets and recreational traffic)), with current and expected weather conditions at the airport.

With this, KNMI contributes to a safe and efficient handling of the air traffic on Bonaire. KNMI ensures the early availability of products and services and this has been drawn up in a Service Level Agreement with the airport.

KNMI’s weather and expected conditions, including any warnings, can be viewed on the BIA web site at http://www.bonaireinternationalairport.com/bonaires-weather/

(Source:  RCN)


United Airlines Extends Airfare Sale to Bonaire Through June 7

**Additional Summer Sale for Saturday and Sunday Flights from Newark to Bonaire Start as Low as $421**

Tourism Corporation Bonaire today announced that United Airlines has extended the booking window for their Newark Summer Fare Sale for all destinations originally covered through Tuesday, June 7, 2016, for travel from June 12 – August 14, 2016.

Furthermore, United Airlines is offering a deeply discounted local sale for both the Saturday and Sunday Newark-Bonaire flights. This fare is only available for flights originating from Newark, and not from any connecting cities. The Saturday flight round trip ticket starts as low as $501 including taxes and fees. The Sunday flight round trip ticket starts as low as $421 including taxes and fees.

“We are gratified for our long-time partnership with United Airlines, and their support with extending the boking window on the Newark Summer Sale through June,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The special local fare added to the Summer Sale will also provide us with the opportunity to grow the New Jersey/New York market. We are excited to keep developing our partnership with United Airlines.”

The Saturday and Sunday flights will depart from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 7:55am, and arrive into Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 12:40pm. The return flights will depart BON at 1:40pm and arrive into EWR at 6:45pm.

To confirm fare and seat availability from the gateway cities listed above, visit United’s website by clicking here.

(Source:  Tourism Corporation Bonaire)

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)

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.

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