Bonaire welcomes Delta addition

Tourism Corporation Bonaire has announced that beginning December 20, 2008 Delta Air Lines will add a weekly non-stop flight from New York to/from Bonaire.

Delta Air Lines flight #553 will depart John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturdays at 10:35 a.m. arriving into Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport at 4:25 p.m.  The return flight #554 will depart Bonaire Saturdays at 5:15 p.m. arriving into New York JFK at 9:05 p.m.  Delta will use a 154 seat, 737-800 Boeing aircraft with 16 first class seats and 138 economy seats for these flights.

“We could not be more pleased with Delta Air Lines decision to add service to Bonaire from New York’s JFK airport,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire.  “JFK serves as such a useful gateway for Metropolitan New York, especially residents in Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and has convenient connections from Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.  We feel confident in saying that based on metro New York historically being Bonaire’s number one tourism market, all signs are pointing to this flight being successful.”

To celebrate the new service, Delta is offering one-way special fares of $239 from New York to Bonaire (based on a round-trip purchase) for purchase by August 6, 2008 for travel between January 10 and April 4, 2009.  Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply.  Fare is available for purchase only on or from a travel professional.

“We are delighted that traffic to Bonaire continues to grow, even at a time of international economic challenges,” said Burney el Hage, Commissioner of Tourism.  “This is a tribute to the loyalty of Bonaire’s repeat visitors, and also demonstrates the strength of Bonaire’s product and its appeal in the US market.