WILLEMSTAD -- During the first months of 2008, InselAir was dedicated to consolidating its existing services. The flight schedule was executed with two airplanes: a turbo prop Embraer Bandeirante with 17 seats for the nearest islands and Venezuela and a jet type MD-83 with 167 seats included for Caribbean destinations.
This consolidation led to an increased occupation on all existing destinations and a 90% on time-performance. The increase in the first three months reached 3000 passengers compared to the same period in 2007. Seventy percent (2000) were Inselair passengers.
To realize further increase Insel Air has doubled its fleet. The airline has a fleet of two tubroprop airplanes and two MD jets which makes it possible to increase the frequencies on existing destinations considerably and introduce new destinations.
Starting June 15, the daily frequency to Aruba will be increased to seven flights per day while the frequency to Bonaire will increase from twice a week to three times daily. Barquisimeto will be added with a frequency of three times weekly for the Embraer Bandeirante. The frequency for existing routes will also be increased.
Furthermore, there will be three weekly flights to Paramaribo and daily flights to St Maarten. The Dominican Republic will get three weekly flights while Valencia will get daily flights, as of mid August, InselAir will fly four times per week to Miami and twice a week to San Juan.
Inselair will furthermore have several flights to Maracaibo, Medellin, Bogota and Manaus. In the new flight schedule there are seamless connections between all destinations, which means short transit hours between destinations. To improve the comfort for passengers, Insel Air has reduced the number of seats on the MD jets to 152.
In the coming months InselAir will focus on increasing the number of destinations within the Caribbean region through cooperation agreements with other regional and international airlines. Curacao will get an important hub-function where passengers can transit from one to another airline.
Printed Thursday, June 12th, 2008, in the Today newspaper on pages 3 and 10