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A flight to the future
26 July 2022

A one-week virtual event filled with presentations, panel discussion, masterclasses and test flight demonstrations with the Pipistrel Velis Electro in Aruba, the first certified electric aircraft, all with the purpose of sharing knowledge and creating dialogue on the future of aviation.

Vacancy Maintenance Manager Landside
14 July 2022

Bonaire International Airport N.V. is looking for a Maintenance Manager Landside. Click below to read more.

Vacancy Maintenance Manager Landside
Vacancy Airport Duty Officer & Terminal Service Officer
08 July 2022

Bonaire International Airport N.V. is looking for an Airport Duty Officer & a Terminal Service Officer. Click below to read more.

Vacancy Maintenance Manager Landside

Information Visitor Entry Tax per 1 July 2022
28 June 2022

Information Visitor Entry Tax per 1 July 2022

Maarten van der Scheer appointed as Director of Flamingo Airport
23 June 2022

As of August 1, 2022, the General Meeting of Shareholders of Bonaire International Airport N.V. (“BIA”) has appointed Mr. Maarten van der Scheer MSc BA as Director of the organization. He herewith succeeds Jos Hillen, who has held the position on an interim basis since July 1, 2019. The appointment is on the recommendation of the Supervisory Board and is the result of an intensive and transparent selection process which started at the end of last year with the support of Deloitte.

Marco van de Kreeke, chairman of the Supervisory Board, warmly congratulates Maarten van der Scheer on his appointment as Director: “The Board is delighted to announce that Maarten van der Scheer has been appointed as the new director of the airport. Maarten is experienced in managing in a complex corporate environment in which many interests are involved. He has all-round airport experience, strong communication skills and is a team builder, able to further develop the airport together with the entire airport team and the many stakeholders on Bonaire. We very much look forward to his arrival and wish him a lot of success.”

Maarten van der Scheer (42) worked for Royal Schiphol Group and has over 15 years of experience in management of airports, both at the core of operations and at a strategic level in senior management. He has extensive experience in the development and financing of large airport projects. Mr. Van der Scheer: “The island and the airport can be proud of what has been built up over many years. I look forward to further develop our common goals in close collaboration with the partners on the island and I am delighted that I can be a part of that.” Maarten will soon settle with his family on Bonaire.

The Supervisory Board would like to express its sincere gratitude to Jos Hillen for his dedication and efforts in the past years. Under his leadership, important steps have been taken in the field of safety. The Safety Certificate issued by the ILT for the maximum period of three years is clear evidence of a safe flight operation and a properly functioning safety management system. In a turbulent period that followed, in which Covid led to sharply declining passenger numbers and revenues, BIA was able to keep the organization together and minimize the financial consequences of the crisis due to a good cooperation with the relevant ministries in The Hague. Furthermore, many improvement projects have been carried out at the airport under his leadership and together with all colleagues he has developed a long-term maintenance program. In recent years he also led with great ambition the process to come to a new masterplan for the airport.

Marco van de Kreeke has been reappointed by the General Meeting of Shareholders as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for a second term of three years. Lastly, the Supervisory Board is pleased that Mr. John Soliano has accepted the position of Secretary of the Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board is confident that with these appointments, BIA will be able to manage the many challenges that the global aviation and airports are currently facing. The Board will continue its efforts to structurally strengthen the organization of BIA.

To promote Sustainable and Affordable Air Transport between the Dutch Caribbean Islands
26 January 2022

Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports (DCCA) organizes the first international “Sustainable Air Transportation Event” in Aruba in November 2022

ORANJESTAD – One of the key elements of the cooperation Agreement signed in April 2021 by the Chief Executive Officers and Managing Directors of all six commercial Airports[1] within the Dutch Caribbean pertaining to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is to collaborate towards sustainable, stable, and affordable air connections between the Dutch Caribbean airports.

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TCB & BIA in collaboration with BONHATA & OLB sign Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Cooperation Agreement to continue to invest in Air Service Development
19 November 2021

Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB), and Bonaire International Airport (BIA), in collaboration with OLB and BONHATA sign a Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Cooperation Agreement where these parties expressed the need to continue for full cooperation and collaboration between these entities in order to achieve the common goals for our Bonaire Route Development efforts in a coherent, effective and efficient manner. After the arrival of United Airlines, we have reached our pre-COVID level of Air Service to Bonaire. We will continue and enlarge the development for more connections within the scope of the Tourism Masterplan and Tourism Recovery Plan. 

Our goal: Continue a joint collaboration for a sustainable execution of the Route Development strategy for the island of Bonaire. OLB, BIA, BONHATA in partnership with TCB as business entities will continue to work closely together in our efforts to maintain and increase the air service to Bonaire. The joint efforts from these entities are aimed at attracting new carriers and/or stimulate airlines already serving Bonaire to increase frequencies and open up new gateways/destinations. 

The collaboration agreement also identifies areas of data sharing and execution of projects such as the Exit Survey and visitors experience at the airport. 

Commissioner of Tourism, Mr. Hennyson Thielman (OLB), BONHATA CEO, Veroesjka de Windt and BONHATA President, Bas Noij and CEO Bonaire International Airport, Jos Hillen proudly supported this achievement today and congratulated the team on behalf of the Route Development committee. 

According to Miles Mercera, CEO TCB, “this is an important milestone in the process of professionalizing and creating the right framework for partnership in tourism. This collaboration serves as the foundation of our Route Development strategy and gives a sense of direction and commitment. I am proud of the achievements so far and do look forward to this new chapter of Air Service/Route Development efforts.” 

According to Jos Hillen, CEO of BIA “we will continue our efforts to develop our Masterplan of the airport to reach the required international safety standards (ICAO), to enlarge the infrastructure and building a new international terminal connected to the existing airport at the eastside. That makes it possible to let the airport grow within the conditions of Masterplan Tourism and Recovery plan.”

Vacancy Senior Financial Administrator
11 November 2021

Bonaire International Airport N.V. is looking for a Senior Financial Administrator. Click below to read more.

Vacancy Senior Financial Administrator
Let’s Talk Tourism – Joint Quarterly Press Conference
21 September 2021

Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) together with its partners the Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB), BONHATA, Bonaire International Airport (BIA), and the Harbor Master held a press conference to provide an overview of tourism performance in 2021 and an outlook for tourism for winter 2021/2022. A noteworthy event which took place during the press conference is the announcement of Commissioner of Tourism, Mr. Hennyson Thielman that the government has proposed a significant increase to 3 million USD budget for Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the newly presented proposed Government budget for the year 2022.

As part of the Tourism Recovery plan the stakeholders initiated the joint quarterly tourism press conferences with the aim to promote and foster collaboration and inform our local community on the developments within the tourism industry.

Mr. Hennyson Thielman, Commissioner of Tourism and Economic Affairs, shared our island’s tourism vision focusing on Inclusive Tourism growth and the recovery efforts post COVID crisis. OLB has set forth a clear vision for when it comes to Air Service development, Cruise and the implementation of the Tourism Recovery plan. Furthermore, an update was given on the current developments such as the new to be introduced Tourism Entry Tax, additional funding for Tourism efforts and the investment in product development e.g., beach improvement projects.

Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s CEO, Mr. Miles Mercera addressed his experience on the first 100 days in office and TCB’s priorities in regard to the Tourism Recovery plan. Several initiatives and projects have been undertaken. Mr. Mercera also shared TCB’s vision and projects realized to achieve the definition of “Inclusive tourism’’ and our efforts to incorporate our heritage, people and culture in our tourism offering. Furthermore, TCB provided an explanation on the repositioning of Bonaire, the process and the planning. Stakeholder collaboration is an important focus for the Tourism Board which will commence with its first annual Bonaire Tourism Summit taking place on World Tourism Day on September 27th, 2021. TCB’s investment in the last couple of months has also been in DATA gathering and management hereof and TCB shared insights such as the average lead time of a visitor traveling to Bonaire from the Netherlands which is 69 days, or the average nights stayed on the island which is 20.4-nights of which over 50% stay 14 nights. The US market which is an important market for Bonaire has an average lead time of 130 days and an average night stay of 10.8 nights of which over 50% of our visitors from the US stay between 4-7 nights.

Veroesjka de Windt, CEO of BONHATA shared an update on the accommodation performance for the month of July and August of 2021 and the forecast for the upcoming months. In the month of July, the occupancy rate was 70% and August 75%. This is an increase compared to the same period in 2020 when the occupancy rate was 20-25%. BONHATA is seeing a strong recovery post-Covid and will continue to collaborate, invest with TCB and stakeholders.

Onno de Jong, COO of BIA gave an overview of the number of passengers arriving on the island from January – August 2021 with insights of where they are coming from. Bonaire welcomed a total of 191,163 visitors between January 2021 – August 2021 by air, with a total of 5,248 flights arriving at the Bonaire International Airport. Majority of the visitors arrived from Amsterdam (114,681 pax.), Curacao (40,990 pax.), Atlanta (6,614 pax.), Miami (5,814 pax.), and Aruba (4,129 pax.).

The Harbor Master, Mr. Gunther Flanegin shared on the number of cruise calls scheduled for the upcoming season and the COVID protocols that are in place. For the month of September, we currently have 2 cruise calls scheduled, for October 4 cruise calls, and for the month of November a total of 22 cruise calls are scheduled.

Full presentation of the joint press conference can be downloaded via the following link: https://we.tl/t-LjgZOE3Zb6 TCB in collaboration with its stakeholders will continue to inform our community on a quarterly basis on the developments, opportunities and challenges in the Tourism Industry.

Vacancy Security Officer (m/f)
04 September 2021

Bonaire International Airport N.V. is looking for a Security Officer. Click below to read more.

Vacancy Security Officer