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Bonaire Announces New Air Service

The Tourism Corporation Bonaire has announced that beginning on August 18th, BonairExel, a new airline based in Bonaire, will launch service from Bonaire to Aruba and Curacao and between Aruba and Curacao.

Subject to approval by the Antillean government, the airline will offer 14 flights per day between Bonaire and Curacao, 6 flights per day between Bonaire and Aruba and 4 flights between Curacao and Aruba, with many of these flights connecting to flights arriving from the U.S.

On these routes BonairExel will use 46-seat ATR42 turboprop planes. The airline plans to add service to St. Maarten for which they will use an Embrarer-145 Jet, with 50 seats.

"BonairExel will position itself as the quality regional airline from the Dutch Caribbean," says Arian van der Werff, Deputy General Manager. "Punctuality and reliability are our key goals, with expertise and dedication to service our key assets. BonairExel will give both local people and visitors a choice, when traveling between Bonaire and the islands of Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten."

Expected to be online by the end of August, the airline’s web site will offer schedule and booking information. Passengers can book flights through any IATA travel agent using Sabre or Worldspan, at airport sales offices, by e-mailing and online, once the site is launched.

In other airline news, Air Jamaica has announced its new flight schedule to Bonaire for Fall/Winter 2003. Continuing to serve Bonaire three times a week from Montego Bay, on October 26, 2003 Air Jamaica will begin flying to the island Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. From now until this date Air Jamaica’s schedule to Bonaire will remain unchanged with flights on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information call 1-800-523-5585 or visit

Located 86 miles east of Aruba, 1,226 miles south of Miami and outside of the hurricane belt, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most thriving fish population in the Caribbean. Ideal for adventurers, modern day explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep sea and bone fishing. And with a selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guest houses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.

For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s web site at

Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.