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CURAÇAO - Inselair has postponed the resumption of its flights between Curacao and Paramaribo several weeks. The first flight will now operate on Monday December 18th 2017.
Recently it was announced that the flights would be resumed as of November 20th 2017.

WILLEMSTAD,  Curaçao - Inselair will resume its service between Curacao and Paramaribo starting Monday November 20th 2017 with two flights per week. Paramaribo is the first destination to be re-launched as part of the restructuring plan put forward by the management of the airline, this indicating the importance of the Surinam market for Inselair International. The service is being re- launched with the MD 83 aircraft that is well familiar to the Surinamese market.

On Mondays the flight will leave from Curacao at 14:15 and arrive in Paramaribo at 17:45 local time. The return flight leaves Paramaribo at 18:30 and arrives in Curacao at 20:00.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday announced that jetBlue will resume service to the island twice-weekly on its New York route as of November 1.

As of November 1, JetBlue flights will service the JFK-SXM route on Mondays and Thursdays. The airline will resume its regular daily service out of New York as of January 2018.

The Minister along with Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison and her Chief of Cabinet Cecil Nicholas met with jetBlue on Thursday in New York. The airline’s representatives used the opportunity to re-assure the Minister of its commitment to maintaining a long-term partnership with St. Maarten and expressed confidence in St. Maarten’s recovery efforts.

MAHO, St. Maarten - On Wednesday October 11th, 2017 InselAir in close cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authorities, has met all of the regulatory requirements for the certification of the MD aircraft (MDI). The final acceptance flight performed on Wednesday was successful.

For the last several months InselAir has been operating between the ABC island and Sint Maarten with a Fokker 50 aircraft, which is referred to as “Basic” scenario. The addition of the MD to the fleet is an important first step towards the “Basic Plus” scenario and will further fortify the financial stability following a major internal reorganization. With this scenario, the customers will see the return of InselAir to former destinations, which will be performed gradually following financial arrangements with the neighbouring countries.

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.”

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