Bonaire celebrates with Delta on the occasion of their ten-year anniversary of flights to the island.
Last Saturday marked another major milestone in Bonaire’s aviation history when the island of Bonaire celebrated ten years of successful, reliable flight service from Delta’s Atlanta hub to Bonaire. Delta’s flight crew, on behalf of the entire Delta team, was honored on Saturday with a ceremony and presentation of gifts upon their arrival at the airport.
Delta first began non-stop service from Atlanta to Bonaire in 2008.
Delta Air Lines inaugurated service to Bonaire for the first time on February 9, 2008. In the decade since that first flight, Delta has been responsive to Bonaire’s growing demand for flight services, adding in capacity and frequency as the island steadily built its tourism infrastructure. Delta’s confidence in Bonaire’s tourism industry, along with their willingness to provide the assets to support its growth, has assisted with raising awareness of Bonaire as a unique and appealing Caribbean destination.
A warm island welcome was given to the arriving passengers, returning visitors, Paul and Terri Foster, and the entire Delta flight crew.
Delta’s flight was welcomed upon arrival with a water cannon salute by Bonaire’s Fire Brigade. The Director of Tourism, Mr. Maurice Adriaens, personally welcomed the passengers as they disembarked the aircraft. Arriving passengers were immediately immersed in Bonaire’s culture upon exiting the luggage claim area, as local music played to greet them, and gifts of Bonaire Sea Salt Pyramids, courtesy of Mr. Saltman, were provided.
Two arriving passengers–Paul and Terri Foster–were given a very warm “bon bini” or welcome back. The Fosters arrived on the first Delta flight exactly ten years ago, and they have returned for many additional visits in the past decade, before once again arriving on the tenth-anniversary flight.
The Director of Tourism, Mr. Maurice Adriaens, personally welcomed the crew with a gift presentation recognizing Delta’s contribution to Bonaire’s tourism and economy. The flight crew received a carved wooden pink flamingo, Bonaire’s most well-known icon. Additionally, each crew member was honored as a Bonaire Ambassador and received medals recognizing their contributions to Bonaire’s tourism product.
(Source: Tourism Corporation Bonaire)
“The island of Bonaire is delighted with the successful partnership it has enjoyed with Delta over the past decade. Delta has proven to be an asset, with their flexibility in augmenting additional flights or scheduling larger planes, as demand increases. We look forward to celebrating many more ten-year anniversaries with Delta in the future.”— Maurice Adriaens
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.