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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -  Due to changing market conditions InselAir is forced to make some organizational and operational changes in order to adapt to the new market parameters. These changes are necessary to remain a healthy organization and to fulfil its pivotal role as important contributor to; the economy of Curacao in general, bringing hundreds of thousands tourist yearly to the ABC-islands, as provider of hundreds of direct and thousands of indirect jobs and as main carrier between the islands within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With the initiatives, which are elaborated below, InselAir has faith and confidence in the future of its organization and its ability to remain one of the largest employers on Curacao.

Compensating for Venezuelan marked reduction

In recent months InselAir has successfully compensated, to a large extent, the decrease of the Venezuelan part of its operations (from 35% to 4%) by adding new routes and destinations to its network, such as Port-of-Spain, Barranquilla, Georgetown, Manaus, Havana, San Juan and Quito. In addition, InselAir has increased frequencies to and from Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo. “It turns out to be very challenging to compensate this loss completely and we realize that we will need to accept this and restructure our organization around this ‘new reality’’, says Albert Kluijver, CEO of InselAir. “For the part of our operations that we were unable to compensate we will have to reduce our costs. For that reason we have been carefully looking into all aspects of our business including financial, operational, commercial, general affairs and maintenance in order to realize the costs reduction required to compensate for particular that part. Another important initiative is to scale down our flight operations based on the new expected traffic from our revised route network”, according to Kluijver.

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua  –  LIAT has added a new 68-seater ATR aircraft to its existing fleet of nine.

The new plane landed at the VC Bird International Airport on Friday and was greeted by an exuberant ground crew and numerous officials including the Minister of Aviation, Sir Robin Yearwood.

Captain Phil Gunsam and co-pilot Rawle Francis executed a low altitude, low speed fly-by over the runway demonstrating the manoeuvreability of the new aircraft.

KINGSTON, Jamaica  –  Transport and Mining Minister Lester “Mike” Henry has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the malfunctioning of lights on the runway of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston.

Minister Henry said that while he understands acts of God and unforeseen circumstances, there is just no room for error as Jamaica’s enviable aviation record must not be compromised at any given time. He said that against the background of the Government’s open skies policy being pursued, operations at the island’s airports must be flawless.

Chairman of the board of the Airports Authority of Jamaica, William “Billy” Shagoury, and chairman of the board of NMIA, Neil Seaton, have been asked to furnish the report in the shortest possible time.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua-based Caribbean Helicopters has partnered the Ministry of Tourism for the island of Nevis in the establishment of regular helicopter flights between Nevis and Antigua, located just 86 kilometres apart.The flights, which are aimed at improving Nevis’s profile in the Caribbean tourism market, will operate 3 times weekly using Bell Helicopter 206 LongRangers.

The flights, which are aimed at improving Nevis’s profile in the Caribbean tourism market, will operate 3 times weekly using Bell Helicopter 206 LongRangers.

LA HABANA, Cuba - From the applications to fly direct into Cuba to the death of Fidel Castro, the island nation continues to capture headlines. Our own analysis of Cuba revealed a shifting interest in travel to the country.

First, we had a">surge in shopping when President Obama became the first U.S. president in modern times to visit Cuba. Next, we considered what the relaxation of trade restrictions might mean for">business travel in the Caribbean. Finally, we analyzed the data to see which">countries had the most active business travelers to Cuba. Altogether, the image showed a vibrant interest in both leisure and business travel to Cuba.

The Cuba story comes full circle this week, with the first commercial flights leaving from the United States bound for Cuba this week. While there is some uncertainty as to the ongoing openness between the U.S. and Cuba, American airlines are sticking to the schedule. But has this newfound convenience of direct flights made American travelers change their booking behaviors?

GEORGETOWN, Guyana  – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is to launch an investigation into the collision of two aircraft at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Tuesday.

In a brief statement, the GCAA said the incident occurred between the two aircraft around 7:50 am (local time) on the international apron.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten – Winair has been granted a full Ground Handling Concession by SXM Airport, making Winair the second ground handler in St. Maarten.

Ground handling is commonly referred to as under the wing services, which includes baggage loading and off-loading, delivery of baggage to baggage carousels, Aircraft push back, lavatory services and water services.

“ Winair is proud to have been granted this concession, allowing us to compete in providing services to all users of SXM airport on a economic and service based scenario” stated Michael Cleaver, President & CEO of Winair.

Winair’s thanks goes out to SXM Airport, in particular Mr. Larry Donker, PJIAE Management and PJAIE Supervisory board. This concession is the result of two and a half years of negotiation between the Airport and Winair. Through granting this second Ground Handling Concession users of SXM Airport now have a choice in selecting this important and essential component of their airport operations in St. Maarten.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – Absenteeism is costing regional airline LIAT millions of dollars in revenue.

The Antigua-based carrier said it is losing millions of dollars in revenue because of crew-affected illnesses.

However, LIAT’s pilots have blamed a region-wide flu outbreak and the Zika virus as the reason for the increased illnesses.

Observer Media in Antigua reported that it had perused documents that showed just how the absence of pilots and cabin crew — due to the illness — had taken a toll on the carrier’s already stretched resources. According to the documents, so far for this month alone, roughly 175 flights have been cancelled due to pilots calling in sick.

COSTA RICA – Hurricane Otto is just hours away from making landfall Thursday near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, posing a danger of flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America.

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating Otto Thursday morning has found that it’s now a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds. This makes Otto the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934, according to meteorologist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University.

The center of Otto will most likely move inland in southern Nicaragua, making it the latest in a calendar year that a hurricane has made landfall in that country.

A hurricane warning continues from Limon, Costa Rica, to Bluefields, Nicaragua.

LONDON, UK     The largest airline tour operator in the Middle East has been given a detailed introduction to the Caribbean as Emirates Airlines prepares to service the region.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently conducted an in-house training programme in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 40 Emirates Holidays reservations, sales and operation staff to familiarize them with the Caribbean product.

The training included key selling points, along with information on attractions, events and accommodations options.

The invitation to the CTO to conduct the training is part of a growing relationship between the region’s tourism development agency and Emirates Holidays, the tour-operating arm of Emirates airline which has now chosen to operate flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with connections to the Caribbean on Jet Blue. 

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