AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten – On Saturday November 21th 2015, WINAIR attended the Marketing Retreat hosted by the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) at the Four Seasons Resort.
During this well attended retreat the NTA shared its goals and vision for 2016 with all stakeholders, presentations on Marketing, Public Relations, Sales and Airlift were given and brainstorm sessions held on ideas and strategies for the upcoming season and year.
With regard to Airlift and connections to Nevis, WINAIR spoke with several stakeholders in Nevis on strengthening partnership and the work relationship.
WINAIR offers Nevis and its visitors better connection to their interline partners such as Air France and Copa through the St. Maarten hub, Princess Juliana International Airport, commencing November 30, 2015 by increasing seat capacity.
WINAIR will split the combined flights to St. Kitts and Nevis to direct flights.
These flights will operate 5 times weekly and for the remaining 2 days will be combined flights. In conjunction with this commencing December 11, 2015, WINAIR will add a daily midday frequency from St. Maarten to St. Kitts and Nevis to enhance connections to Air France and our other interline partners.
|route||Frequency||Departure time SXM||Departure time SKB||Departure time NEV|
|SXM < > SKB||Mo, We, Fr, Sa, Su||7.05 / 18.10||7.55 / 18.55|
|SXM < >NEV||Mo, We, Fr, Sa, Su||7.00 / 18.05||7.55 / 18.55|
|SXM-SKB-NEV-SXM||Daily/ 7 days a week||10.55||11.45||12.15|
|SXM –SKB-NEV-SXM||Tu, Th||7.00 / 18.00||7.45 / 18.45||8.15 / 19.15|
WINAIR’s CEO and President Mr. Michael Cleaver stated: “We took the opportunity to discuss with especially Nevis’ Hoteliers and their marketing departments about increasing and developing new marktes such as Continenal Europe and South America and work more closely in moving forward.”
Airport Road, St. Maarten – On November 19th 2015, the Gwendoline van Putten School of St. Eustatius organized their first Career Fair with the objective to provide their students with tools which will enable them to take important steps towards career planning and understanding the educational commitment required to reach their goals.
As the purpose of this fair is to provide students the opportunity to explore paths to various professions, the Career Guidance Counselor approached WINAIR to participate and showcase future career opportunities and requirements within WINAIR’s organization.
Captain Michael Jeffrey greeted many enthousiatic students at the WINAIR booth and explained them what it would take to become a pilot at WINAIR.
We also took the opportunity to explain the students and teachers that a pilot is just one of the many career options within WINAIR! From Customer Service to Aircraft Maintenance, all departments are invaluable links needed to operate a full service airline company.
The Gwendoline van Putten School was very happy with the enthousiasm and professionalism of all participating companies and hopes to see continued support to develop the next generation of employees.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, was highlighted in a report that appeared on edition.cnn.com on Monday, November 16, 2015.
The story, written by Milena Veselinovic and titled “Touring the Caribbean’s most dramatic landing strips,” begins thus: “Thrill-seeking aviation buffs with deep pockets might soon get a chance to embark on a trip of their dreams.
“PrivateFly, a global booking service for private jet charter, has launched a travel itinerary that takes passengers on a tour of the Caribbean’s most dramatic landing strips.
“For $72,000 per person, plane enthusiasts can enjoy the part-scenic-part-terrifying landings at St. Maarten, St. Barths and Saba, nicknamed roller-coaster runways for their challenging approaches.”
The article quotes Adam Twidell, PrivateFly CEO and former UK Royal Air Force pilot, as saying, “I have been lucky enough to land at all three as a passenger, experiences I’ll never forget.”
Twidell was among the group of international aviation journalists who took part in a media tour earlier this year organized by SXM Airport.
The CNN story continues: “The first of the three stops, chosen by travelers in a PrivateFly poll, is the island of St. Maarten.
“Planes that descend over the resort’s popular Maho beach on their final approach to the airport look like they are about to scrape vacationers’ heads.”
“You're so low you can almost read the sunbathers’ newspapers below,” says Twidell.
According to the CNN report, “In recent years the landings have become a tourist draw, with crowds gathering for scheduled arrivals of large jetliners thundering by only a few meters above.”
A multitude of articles in various international publications resulted from the media tour, which also focused attention on St. Maarten’s hub partners, St. Martin, Saba, St. Barths, Anguilla, and Dominica.
The full story can be read at: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/16/aviation/caribbean-scenic-runways/index.html
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will launch a new service from Barbados to Trinidad early next year.
Starting , LIAT will fly nonstop daily from the Grantley Adams International Airport to Piarco International Airport. The flight will depart Barbados at and arrive in Trinidad at .
The return flight will leave Trinidad at and arrive in Barbados at .
Tickets are now on sale for the new service, with fares from as low as US$ 196.36 return from Barbados and US$ 183.10 return from Trinidad. These fares are inclusive of all taxes.
In light of the anticipated high demand for seats to / from Trinidad for carnival in February, customers are advised to book early to enjoy the best rates.
Tickets can be booked on the website – liat.com, through the Call Centre, Airport Ticketing Offices or through your local Travel Agent.
Schedule for New Daily Service
|Flight||Dep. Airport||Arr. Airport||Dep. Time||Arr. Time|
|LI 335||Barbados (BGI)||Trinidad (POS)|
|LI 336||Trinidad (POS)||Barbados (BGI)|
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Insel Air's flight to Curacao Wednesday evening was forced to return to the island shortly after takeoff.
Shortly after take off the the Captain lost one of his two engines and was forced to make an emergency landing on one engine which was executed safely by the crew.
The cause of the engine failure is not yet known.
The incident startled some passengers and based on current world wide events this is understandable. It should be noted that at the time of the engine failure, the aircraft is fully capable of flying safely on one engine.
It is said that the islands Chief of Police and other high ranking officials were on-board the flight headed for Curacao Wednesday evening.
The aircraft is currently parked at Hard Stand B1 at SXM Airport where it will remain until the engine problem is fixed.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten — The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, was a proud sponsor of the Caribbean Eagles Seventh Annual November Bike Fest, which was held recently.
An estimated 200 bikers took part in the Fest, including bikers from St. Maarten/St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barth’s, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Croix, and the USA. Others came from France, Monaco, Luxemburg, Belgium, Canada, and Mexico.
In Photo: Maggie Gumbs, SXM Airport Marketing Officer (center right), presents a donation to the Caribbean Eagles Motorcycle Club president Jane Ann Therond, both surrounded by participating bikers. (SXM photo)
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – A Delegation from Sint Maarten’s Department of Civil Aviation and Shipping and Maritime, Sint Maarten Civil Aviation Authority comprising of the Director of Civil Aviation and Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Louis Halley, the Legal Advisor for Civil Aviation, Cheryl Shewpersad and the Policy Advisor, Arsenio Rombley, recently attended the Eighth International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN/2015) which was held in Antalya, Turkey, from 19 to 23 October 2015.
ICAN or ICAO Air Services Negotiation event is an ICAO initiative that was established in 2009 with the goal of providing an efficient and effective platform for States to conduct air services negotiations meeting.
The delegation from Sint Maarten that attended this year’s event conducted four successful air services negotiation meetings with the Countries, Kuwait, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, Luxemburg, and Iceland resulting in the signing of three memoranda of understandings, one agreed minute and initialling of the air service agreements.
It should be noted that the above countries with exception of Iceland and Kuwait were proposed by the Tourism Office. This procedure is customary in aviation negotiation as it allows for the airlines of both states to make use of the provisions in the agreement until ratified by the parliaments of both countries. Because ratification can be a long process, a memorandum of understanding or agreed minute is signed by the Head of the Delegation to facilitate the provisional application of the agreement as mentioned above.
The three memoranda of understandings and one agreed minute makes it possible for airlines of Kuwait, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Luxembourg to start scheduled flights from their respective countries to Sint Maarten and vice versa. This is a great benefit for Sint Maarten given that tourism is a major source of economic activity on the island.
Our hope is that with the signing of these memoranda of understandings, new tourism markets will be open to Sint Maarten which will in turn increase airlift and economic activity on the island.
Since its inception in 2009, the event has seen a steady climb in participating States, with the last event in Turkey witnessing attendance of 93 States and eight International Organizations. This year’s event marks the first time that aviation industry partners such as airlines, airport, tourism authorities were also invited to attend.
With respect to Sint Maarten, ICAN 2015 marks the second time Sint Maarten has participated, Durban 2013 was the first together with the Netherlands and Curacao.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Residents and guest alike were treated Sunday to the islands first air show.
The air extravaganza was a gift to the island of St. Maarten from SXM Airport who thought that it was an appropriate event to bring the curtains down on the St. Maarten Day week of activities.
The event involved two aerobatic airplanes and pilots who guided the airplanes expertly in death defying stunts over the Great Bay Harbor.
Thousands of people from various points on the beach, gathered with family and friends to witness the first of its kind event on the island.
The air show got off to a start with an air jump which was done by a team of sky divers from French St. Martin.
The St. Maarten Day Weekend party continued on the boardwalk at the Walter Plantz Pier where attendees had the opportunity to meet the pilots and have some fun to close out the St. Maarten Day activities, just the way SXM Airport envisioned it.
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