KLM wants to go to the Antilles again in June
Rebooting the network! KLM chief executive Pieter Elbers said in an interview with Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine that he wants to resume scheduled services to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten as of the…
Rebooting the network!
KLM chief executive Pieter Elbers said in an interview with Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine that he wants to resume scheduled services to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten as of the beginning of June.
For now, in accordance with the current emergency regulation, landing on Bonaire is not allowed until June 15 at least, but Elbers says in the interview that he wants to restart the network and see what the demand for tickets from the market will be. According to him, the Dutch are eager to go on a summer vacation and KLM, with all the measures taken on board and on the ground, is making sure that this can be done as safely as possible.
Five hundred tons of cargo were transported to Curaçao. In addition, to this day, more than twenty repatriation flights were carried out to pick up stranded Dutchmen.
First only to the Netherlands, tourists later
KLM is now taking the next step, according to Elbers. As of June 3, in addition to Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and St. Maarten will also be connected to Schiphol. From all islands it is possible to travel to the Netherlands on these flights, for people who would like to return to the Netherlands.
Elbers emphasizes that booking tickets on these flights for Dutch vacationers depends on the easing of travel restrictions currently in place on the islands. As it looks now, Aruba and Curacao will soon be the first to open their borders to tourists and, as mentioned, perhaps Bonaire as of mid-June. As soon as that happens tickets will become available for sale.
Preliminary flight schedule
The flights to the islands, as the schedule now stands, will be operated with a stop at Curaçao. KLM will deploy the usual Airbus A330s on the flights and the schedule is as follows: