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KLM Has Bonaire on Sale, Book By March 13th, 2017

News Flash:  KLM fare sale to Bonaire.

KLM has announced a five-day fare sale, and roundtrip Amsterdam-Bonaire-Amsterdam can be as low as €599.00.  All travel must be booked by March 13th, 2017 to receive the sale fares.

KLM fare sale to BonaireLowest available fares, including taxes and surcharges, excluding €10 booking fee (credit card surcharge may apply) are provided when you check your travel dates. Prices shown may vary depending on fare availability. You will see the exact total price when selecting your payment method.

For additional information, or to check costs for your travel dates, visit KLM’s website.

View information about which airlines fly to Bonaire.

(Source:  KLM)

 

 

 

 

InselAir Temporarily Suspends International Flights

InselAir is only flying within the Dutch Caribbean.

As a direct result of the continued grounding of a part of its fleet by the Aruban Civil Aviation Authorities since January 26, Curaçao-based InselAir says it has no choice but to temporarily suspend flights to all destinations outside of the Dutch Caribbean effective Wednesday, March 8.

International flights are temporarily suspended.

The measure includes service to Barquisimeto, Caracas, Georgetown, Haiti, Kingston, Las Piedras, Manaus, Medellin, Miami, Paramaribo, Port of Spain and Santo Domingo. Inter-island services to Aruba, Bonaire, and St. Maarten will remain in place. As soon as aircraft become available again, the carrier will look into re-launching some of its routes. In this case, passengers will be informed accordingly. Management expects to return to regular operations again by June of this year.

InselAir suspends international flights.Passengers are being protected or refunded.

Passengers who are in possession of a ticket purchased via an InselAir ticket office or online via fly-inselair.com, will be granted a full refund, and will be contacted by the Customer Relations Department. Passengers who have purchased a ticket via a travel agent are strongly advised to contact their travel agent to have the refund processed.

Passengers who have already started their journey will be transferred to another airline and will be informed accordingly.

How can passengers contact InselAir?

The InselAir Customer Relations Team will use the contact details that passengers have provided upon their reservation/booking. Travel agents will also be informed by InselAir.

In case passengers did not provide personal contact details upon their reservation/booking, it is advised to contact InselAir via +599 9 737 0444 (Monday through Friday 7AM – 8PM and Saturday through Sunday 8AM – 8PM, UTC/GMT-4  local time) or via schedulechange@fly-inselair.com.

InselAir regrets that it is forced to take these measures and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused. InselAir’s teams will do their utmost to inform and support the affected passengers.

 

(Source:  Curacao Chronicle)

Drones on Bonaire–Think Twice Before Packing Your Drone

Drones on Bonaire?  Well, not really.

 

Bonaire International Airport recently published some information regarding the use of drones on Bonaire as regulated by The Netherlands.  These remotely piloted vehicles are becoming very popular for aerial photography, and so some passengers may want to bring their drones to Bonaire for their vacation.  However, you may wish to think twice before you pack your drone in your suitcase.

RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones)

Drones are not allowed in Bonaire's prohibited airspace.This data provides information about the use of drones for either recreational or professional purposes in The Netherlands, which includes the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba.

The airspace above the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) is prohibited airspace or controlled airspace (control zone ⇒ CTR or aerodrome traffic zone ⇒ ATZ). It is not allowed to fly here with aircraft, including remotely piloted aircraft or model aircraft, without the permission of ATC or AFIS.  At this moment, ATC and AFIS are not able to grant any permits. So please, leave your drone at home or keep it safely stored in your suitcase during your stay.  Enjoy Bonaire the old-fashioned way, on the ground!

Bonaire's Designated Prohibited Airspace

Click map to view an enlarged version.

More detailed information about our airspace:

The Flamingo CTR at Bonaire is visible on the map at right. It is the large area with the mark 25 NM TNCB ARP. The area TNP-1 and TNP-2 are prohibited for all aircraft. The space between these two areas is only available for manned aircraft with a clearance of ATC.

Additional information can be found on the website of Bonaire International Airport, also commonly known as Flamingo Airport.

(Source:  Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport via Bonaire International Airport)

 

 

Update on Insel Air Operations

Update on InselAir Flight Operations.

InselAir landing on Bonaire.

InselAir landing on Bonaire.

InselAir is currently experiencing delays and interruptions in service due to the maintenance inspections on some of their planes.  On January 31st, 2017, InselAir posted the following information to provide passengers with the proper contact information, should their flights be affected.


The following information is quoted from InselAir:

Update on InselAir flights

“The inspections by the Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba (DCA) on 3 of our aircraft is directly impacting our operations (press release). We realize that this is a very unpleasant experience for our passengers and for our staff and we are doing our utmost to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. However, at this moment we do not have a specific date and/or time when we will be fully operational again. In cooperation with DCA we trust to have our aircraft back in the air again shortly.

Fokker 50 and 70 operational

The inspections do not concern our Fokker 50 and Fokker 70 aircraft; these flights are operational according to the regular schedule. Fights from Curacao to Sint Maarten (and v.v.) are, in absence of 3 of our MD type of aircraft, being operated by Dominican Wings (wet lease) and flights from Curacao to Miami (and v.v.) are being operated by Swiftair.

Information for our passengers

Passenger who are affected will be contacted by our Customer Care Agents via:
1. the email address or phone number provided upon reservation/booking
2. www.fly-inselair.com at the Flight Status section
3. our staff on the airport of your departure
4. the travel agent through which you purchased your ticket

In case you did not provide any contact details upon your reservation/booking, we advise you to contact InselAir via the contact details below.

How can I contact InselAir?

  • Contact Center Aruba: (Mon – Fri 7AM – 8PM/Sat – Sun 8AM – 8PM ) +297 582 1200
  • Contact Center Curaçao: (Mon – Fri 7AM – 8PM/Sat – Sun 8AM – 8PM ) +599 9 737 0444
  • Contact Center USA: (Mon – Fri 7AM – 8PM/Sat – Sun 8AM – 8PM ) +1 855 493 6004
  • Contact Center Venezuela: (Mon – Fri 7AM – 8PM/Sat – Sun 8AM – 8PM ) +58 212 720 4787


(Source:  InselAir)

 

 

KLM Pronounced Safest and Most Punctual Airline!

KLM Wins Two New Awards.

With barely a fortnight into 2017, KLM has already won two awards.

KLM at Bonaire International Airport

KLM at Bonaire International Airport

KLM declared the safest European airline.

The German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has declared KLM the safest European airline. KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.

KLM also declared the most punctual airline.

KLM is also the most punctual airline, Flight Stats recently announced. This aviation insights company publishes an annual list of international airlines with the best on-time performance records. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules, and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.

KLM President and CEO, Mr. Pieter Elbers, stated,

This is a marvelous start to the new year. I see this as a wonderful acknowledgement of all our efforts in safety, punctuality, and customer focus. We want to continue to give our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience in 2017.

KLM has been connecting Bonaire with the European Netherlands for 80 years.

(Source:  KLM via Bonaire International Airport)

 

Snapshot of Airline Flights to Bonaire from USA for 2016 and 2017

Getting to Bonaire from the USA.

Many of Bonaire’s visitors from North America like to get a jump and book their flights well in advance of their planned travel.  To assist with plans for the coming year, here is a snapshot of available services from the U.S. carriers which fly to Bonaire.

Note:  Flight schedule valid as of November 28, 2016


Delta Airlines.

December 3, 2016 – December 10, 2016
ATL BON Saturday 0945-1449 DL380
BON ATL Saturday 1550-1857 DL672

December 17, 2016 – January 6, 2017
ATL BON Saturday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Saturday 1548-1907 DL672

ATL BON Tuesday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Tuesday 1548-1907 DL672

ATL BON Friday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Friday 1548-1907 DL672

January 7, 2017 – June 25, 2017
ATL BON Saturday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Saturday 1548-1907 DL672

ATL BON Sunday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Sunday 1548-1907 DL672


United Airlines.

Currently through December 31, 2016
IAH BON Saturday 1305-1940 UA1402
BON IAH Sunday 0830-1130 UA1401

EWR BON Saturday 0850-1445 UA1422
BON EWR Saturday 1530-1940 UA1420

Note:  United is operating their largest aircraft (configuration 737-900 / 179 seat capacity) for peak season from both IAH and EWR gateways.

January – December 31, 2017*
IAH BON Saturday 1305-1940 UA1402
BON IAH Sunday 0830-1130 UA1401

*One plane that operates year round is foreseen at this time.

January – August 19, 2017**
EWR BON Saturday 0850-1445 UA1422
BON EWR Saturday 1530-1940 UA1420

**One plane except for the 11 week shoulder period, during August 19, 2017 – October 28, 2017, when it will go on seasonal hiatus.

October 28, 2017 – December 31, 2017
EWR BON Saturday 0850-1445 UA1422
BON EWR Saturday 1530-1940 UA1420

United Airlines Service to BonaireSunday, March 12, 2017, Daylight Savings begins at 2:00 AM; Sunday, November 5, 2017, Daylight Savings ends at 2:00 AM. This schedule does not account for time differences.
Aircraft type, configuration, timing of arrival/departure, frequency of service and continued operation of air service is at the discretion of the airlines.

(Source:  TCB-North America)

 

 

Delta Expands Peak Holiday Schedule to Bonaire

Spending the holidays on Bonaire just got easier.

20160201-ChildrenThe holiday season has been joyously extended in Bonaire thanks to Delta’s peak season schedule. This year, those who wish to spend the year-end holidays warming their toes in the sand can stay longer.

Delta to fly three weekly flights to Bonaire over the holidays.

From December 17, 2016 through January 6, 2017, Delta will offer three weekly non-stop flights every Saturday, Tuesday, and Friday from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Delta’s Special Holiday Flight Schedule.

The southbound Delta flight DL380 will depart ATL at 9:45 AM and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

The northbound return flight DL672 will depart Bonaire at 3:48 PM and arrive at Atlanta at 7:07 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

(Source:  TCB)

 

 

 

 

KLM Deal Weeks Just Announced

Fares to Bonaire as low as €497 from Amsterdam during KLM’s Deal Weeks.

KLM has just announced the launch for their airfare sales during KLM Deal Weeks.  Fares to Bonaire from Amsterdam are now as low as €497 per person, depending upon the chosen dates of travel.

Use the KLM Trip Planner

klm_intheairKLM’s Trip Planner makes it easy to see when the fare is available for purchase.  Simply go to their Trip Planner for Bonaire and enter your departure date.  Once you have found an appropriate date, check the date for your return flight.

Find Low Season Rates for Accommodations

With Bonare still in low season for a few more months, low-season prices are in effect for lodging with many establishments as well.  The Deal Weeks specials, combined with low-season lodging, make for planning a trip to Bonaire extra special right now!  Use InfoBonaire’s Lodging Finder to locate the perfect resort or hotel.

Finally, get a low season quote for a vehicle rental.

 

(Source:  KLM, AB Car Rental)

 

 

 

United Airlines Offers Fall Fare Sale

United Airlines has just announced it is offering airfare as low as $447 on their non-stop Houston-Bonaire flight, for travel during September and October, 2016.

The southbound Bonaire flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50 PM. The northbound return flight departs BON on Sundays at 7:30 AM, arriving in IAH at 11:35 AM.

The weekly round-trip flight provides more options for visiting Bonaire and taking advantage of low season savings from the following connecting gateways:
  • Denver (DEN): $425
  • Chicago (ORD): $451
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $493
  • San Francisco (SFO): $523
  • Phoenix (PHX): $577
These fares are valid as of today, Monday, July 25, 2016 but all rates are subject to change. To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit United’s web site by clicking here.
(Source:  TCB)

KLM and TUI Announce Winter Schedules with Additional Capacity to Bonaire

winterscheduleBoth airlines (KLM and TUI) currently providing flights from Amsterdam to Bonaire will expand their schedule for the winter season.

Beginning October 30th, 2016, KLM will expand its flights to Bonaire with an additional flight on Sunday. The flight from Amsterdam to Bonaire will be combined with Aruba and will be operated using an Airbus 330-300.

Also, TUI has already indicated that their current flight schedule will be extended during the winter season, and they will fly three times per week to Bonaire from Amsterdam. On Saturdays, the flight will be combined with Aruba and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the flight will be combined with Curacao. During the Christmas period, additional flights are planned to meet the high demand for Christmas holidays on Bonaire.

For more information, or to check flight schedules and fares, visit their web sites:

 

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