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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.

 

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.