Bonaire’s first airport was situated at Tra’i Montaña near Subi Blanku and crossed what is now the road between Kralendijk, the capital of the island, and Rincon, the island’s oldest community which lies in the northern part of Bonaire. The name airport is a fancy name for the facility that had been constructed in that location. It was rather an airstrip with a little shed and nothing else. However, this was the place where the history of aviation started in Bonaire in 1936.
The new airport, named “FLAMINGO AIRPORT,” became operational in 1945. This was a great improvement. It had a small terminal building which was perfectly suitable for the number of passengers in those days.
In the recent years, the facilities of the airport have been upgraded and expanded. A new departure hall was constructed together with a new wide body platform and a fuel farm. Today, Flamingo International Airport offers the required services as an international airport and is a destination for many tourist flights.
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