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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison on Thursday said that discussions with all airlines pertaining to resumption of service to the island is ongoing with some already indicating that service will resume as soon as the airport is open on October 10.

He said Delta Airlines, Seaborne, Pawa Dominicana, Insel Air, Winair have all indicated that they will resume service per October 10, with Seaborne code sharing with American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta. Other airlines, he said, will more than likely announce their service over the next few days.

As for those airlines that had already announced that they have cancelled service for a few months, Brison noted that discussions with these airlines will continue and could possibly result in a different approach from these airlines.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher has announced a special commercial and repatriation WINAIR flight to service the St. Maarten-Curacao and Curacao-St. Maarten routes three times this week.

The once-a-day, round-trip flights will take place on Thursday, October 5, Saturday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 10. The maximum number of passengers on the SXM-CUR route will be 130 and CUR-SXM will be 145. WINAIR will utilize PAWA Dominicana aircraft via its wet lease agreement with that company.

The Minister stressed that the flights are designated as special commercial flights, so there will be a nominal fee that the passenger will have to pay. The flights are primarily meant to repatriate St. Maarten residents who hold a Dutch passport or valid residence permits. French nationals and/or French residents with valid documentation can also travel from Curacao to St. Maarten.

The Minister expressed her thanks to WINAIR for working with government to get the flights done for this week. She explained that the flights will be for one week only and revisited after the final flight next Tuesday.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - !! IMPORTANT details below !!

The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) on Thursday stepped-in to correct information and salvage a Spirit Airlines relief flight for Friday morning that was announced by the Prime Minister on Wednesday. To assist residents of the island of St. Maarten returning home following hurricane Irma, Spirit Airlines is operating this relief flight.

The public should take note of the following:

The number to call to make the reservation is 1-888-778-2436.

The Spirit Airlines flight will depart Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 22 at 9:00am and will arrive in Sint Maarten at 12noon. Travelers need to report at the airport for 6:00am. Check-in will begin at 7 a.m. at the Spirit ticket counters inside terminal 4.

If you do not have a reservation confirmation number for the flight, please do not come to the airport.

Per the government of St. Maarten, only DUTCH citizens who live in St. Maarten or have a St. Maarten residency card will be allowed to board the flight. No exceptions can be made.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister Responsible for Civil Aviation and the airport Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Sunday reported that almost 9,000 people have been evacuated from St. Maarten after the passing of hurricane Irma. The Minister has been present at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) almost every day to assist in the coordinating of the evacuation flights.

As of Sunday, September 17, the Dutch Military moved 1,569 people to Curacao, the US military moved approximately 1,800 people, evacuations using commercial aircraft were approximately 4,000 people (including private charters), about 600 people were moved by Royal Caribbean cruise liners Majesty of the Seas and Adventure of the seas as part of the company’s humanitarian relief.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – Due to hurricane Irma, which is expected to pass over our area early Wednesday morning, the Princess Juliana International Airport, will suspend all operations as a precautionary measure from Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM.
The traveling public is hereby advised to check with their respective airlines for further information.
“We regret any inconvenience this will cause, but must stress that the safety and security of all is priority #1 at SXM Airport.

BERMUDA - On Friday, August 25 JetBlue flight #881 on its way to Saint Lucia after departing from the JFK International Airport in New York made an emergency landing in Bermuda.

A Skyport spokesperson said, “A JetBlue flight enroute to St. Lucia was diverted to Bermuda this afternoon.

“The aircraft landed at 12:15pm as a result of the pilot reporting a detector light going off, indicating smoke in the cabin. The plane was an AirBus A321 from New York heading to St. Lucia with 202 passengers on board.”

WILLEMSTAD - The management board of InselAir International B.V. is very pleased with the decision of the bankruptcy court of Curaçao to extend the suspension of payment, which was provisionally granted on March 14, 2017.

The management board of InselAir International is very appreciative of the vote of confidence shown by the positive response of the many creditors that accepted the proposal for the extension of the moratorium.

AIRPORT ROAD - WINAIR would like to inform the general public that we will operate the canceled sectors of the flights 803 and 804, from August 1st, this Thursday August 3rd.

 Flight 803

CUR-SXM 9.00-10.35

SXM-PAP 11.25-13.05

 Flight 804

PAP-SXM 14.05-15.45

SXM-CUR 16.45-18.20

AIRPORT ROAD WINAIR is pleased to announce additional jet air service SXM-CUR-SXM, this flight will operate every Thursday in addition to the existing two jet flights currently offered by Winair (Tuesday and Saturday) CUR-SXM -PAP-SXM-CUR. This third jet service will commence Thursday August 17, 2017 departing SXM's PJIAE airport at 11:00 AM and will offer our customers in Curacao and St. Maarten another travel option on the SXM-CUR-SXM route.


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AIRPORT ROAD, St. MaartenThe Winair shareholders of country St. Maarten and country Netherlands attended the Annual General Meeting on July 12th 2017 to receive the managing and supervisory boards report on the company’s business and activities for the fiscal year 2016, and to present the audited financial report for fiscal year 2016.

The independent auditors report was delivered with the mention of “unqualified” or “clean” opinion to the shareholders, and a net profit of USD3.89 million was appropriated and posted to the reserves. The positive results that the company has been posting for several years now, has eroded the accumulated negative equity of past performances under the previous Netherlands Antilles shareholder, and has reached to the point now that this forward trend can and will result in a positive equity position within 2 years if not less. In anticipation of this, the shareholders will be reviewing the dividend policy with the Supervisory and Managing Board to ensure that the approved budgeted annual investment capital requirements can be met while leaving space for the shareholders to declare dividends on earned net profits. The Supervisory board is super excited about this milestone as it was only 6 years ago at their first board meeting the question was raised “do we declare Winair bankrupt?”. Thankfully with the multitude of reports studied beforehand, the supervisory board of directors had unanimously agreed that the fundamentals for the company needed to be reset with the right management team to execute it.

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