|By DIVER DEBBI on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 4:49 pm:|
Good Grief...guess we have to go with the flow..just called ALM to check on the schedule for our trip from Hartford, Ct to Bonaire in Feb, have the tickets in hand and paid for , but the agent was saying too many changes in that schedule that I should call back the middle of November...sure makes my stomach feel nervous,,maybe I should have waited, but then the prices would go up...anybody have any reassurances for me ? JUST WANT TO GO DIVING !!
|By Chet Wood on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 5:11 pm:|
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 5:51 pm:|
Chet & Debbie, and others,
|By Thomas R. Gastio on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 6:07 pm:|
Jake: I had tickets purchased with air miles from NY/Miami/Curacao that were purchased before AA started flying from Aruba. No flights were available from NY SanJuan to Bonaire at the time of booking. I got my AA tickets and purchased separate tickets for ALM from CUR/BON and return. My Agent that sold me the tickets from CUR Bon sent me a new itinerary on for Dutch Caribb air. She said that they are not issuing new tickets and the old ones will be honored by Dutch Caribbean. Any advice would be appreciated
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 10:12 pm:|
|By Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 7:42 am:|
|By Kelly on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 3:45 pm:|
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 3:54 pm:|
Well, after some digging regarding even bigger problems, here's the best I can come up with:
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 3:58 pm:|
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 4:11 pm:|
Just a quick note: Divi-Divi Air, the folks who operate the Curacao/Bonaire Cessna charter (phone +599-9-888-1050) will have their plane out for routine maintenance from Thursday, Nov. 1st through Saturday, Nov. 3rd, so that limits the interisland connection options next week a little.
|By Kelly on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 4:34 pm:|
Now if they get Chogogo into reliable service.. I wonder where they will dock in Curacao/Bonaire, will the resorts van pickup, will cabs be available, rental cars, etc. etc. etc. Until DCE settles in I would sure like to have that as a back up. One nice feature is they will take all the baggage you can carry, obviously they have not encountered my brother ;-)
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 4:37 pm:|
|By DIVER DEBBI on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 10:32 pm:|
Thanks for al the info on DCE..I think we will just hang tight for alittle while,,mid Nov anyway..all the airlines are in such flux we will all have to remain patient..as I said before..JUST WANNA GO DIVING !!!! hey..found another use for my Spare Air..incase of biothreat, might use to extend my airtime untill out of danger ! good grief !
|By Kelly on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 11:23 pm:|
Thanks Jake, it won't hurt to have that alternative. I did notice they were planning to sail twice a day from Curacao and Bonaire. With the right price, reliable schedule and a central mooring this could be a good deal for all.
|By Clay Lansdown on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 9:43 am:|
Jake - Regarding the ferry....
|By Glen Reem on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 4:34 pm:|
And then, of course, there is the small matter of the transfer between the airport and the ferry on Curacao. And the meshing of airline and ferry schedules. I don't expect the ferry is planned as an alternative for international travel connections. It will be interesting.
|By lee metzger on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 10:44 pm:|
I am traveling with a group of 7 to Bonaire on November 17. We are booked on ALM from Miami. We made the reservations several months ago. After reading some of the posts on this board I am concerned about my reservations. Is ALM still flying?
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 10:53 pm:|
ALM is no longer flying, but their planes are, under the name Dutch Caribbean Express, which, for the moment, is honoring most ALM tickets (MIA-CUR in particular), but there appear to be some problems with the Curacao - Bonaire routes. Also, if your tickets are validated by ALM you may encounter problems on your connections. See above. As more news develops on the whole ALM matter, it'll get posted here.
|By James Redford on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 1:24 pm:|
Jake i am confused. Looking at Curacao Airport live flight arrivals/departures www.curacao-online.net/curinta it appears there are still ALM and DCE flights operating, with DCE to Bonaire/Aruba and ALM to the rest of their destinations. The DCE website only mentions flights to Aruba/Bonaire/St Maarten/Amsterdam? I have also heard comment about Dutch Caribbean Airlines? Are they going to operate the rest of ALMs network?
|By Antonio Ferrer on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 2:05 pm:|
The Amsterdam-Quito flight will not help a lot. I am under the impression that it is practically full all the time with passengers to Equador. In fact, travelling to Quito this summer (2001), I could not get in, and in the flight I took (Iberia) there were passengers from Amsterdam
|By Linda Richter - NetTech on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 2:13 pm:|
The advantage for Bonaire on the Equador flight is the extra jobs to handle the refueling, transit the passengers, and all the rest of the ground handling. The airport buildings are being expanded as well as the runway extended. All of which makes Bonaire a more desireable airport for the larger aircraft. The hope of course is to pickup more direct flights into Bonaire.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 2:59 pm:|
Here's more on the ALM etc. situation from today's The Daily Herald (http://www.TheDailyHerald.com):
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 6:31 pm:|
James and others,
|By Sarah on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 7:28 pm:|
Oh dear, we too have ALM tickets for BON to CUR Dec 20th!! I wonder whether the ferry will be operating by then???? S.
|By Sarah on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 7:32 pm:|
We're also flying ALM from CUR to Miami.. gosh, got to go and re-schedule the whole darn thing! S
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