submitted by Ruth of KFC fame
CUR can be VERY busy--and, you need to clear
immigration, baggage claim & customs (there is only 1 x-ray machine
for all luggage entering CUR, and they x-ray all incoming bags). After
this, you must check-in, clear checkpoint #1, pay transfer tax, clear
full security, then immigration, then get to your gate. Although none
of this is very far, there still can be many people ahead of you. Give
yourself at least 2 hours, and know the alternate airline's later
flights just in case.
CUR/BON connecting flights are available on these airlines (not
Tiara-they fly only BON/Aruba, not CUR):
Easy Air - contact info: http://fly-ezair.com/
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (011) 599-796-3939 or (011)
599-9-515-3939. Their last flight of the day from CUR to BON is at
5:30pm. Easy Air also has a 7am flight BON/CUR, that will get
you there in time to connect to AA's morning CUR/MIA flight.
Easy Air operates only Sun-Fri (no flights on Saturdays).
Divi Divi - contact info: http://www.flydivi.com/
Their last CUR/BON flight of the day is at 5pm. Divi also has a 7:15am
M-F flight BON/CUR, that will get you there in time to connect to AA's
morning CUR/MIA flight.
Both Easy & Divi are easy to deal with-you make your reservation by
email (or phone), then pay cash at the counter when you get there.
Before you travel, follow-up with another e-mail, providing your
incoming flight info. You cannot book via their website, only by phone
or by email.
Insel Air - http://fly-inselair.com/
They have a daily flight at 5pm, then later ones (but not daily-check
their timetables online) at 7:45 or 9pm. They do not have an early
DAE - http://flydae.com/
DAE has connecting flights at various times, depending on the day of
travel--usually they have 2 or 3 flights from 6pm on. One around
6:15/6:30, another around 8:30pm & last around 10/10:30. Some days
there are only 2 flights-one around 8:30pm & last at 10:30pm. M-F they
have a 6am BON/CUR that allows you to catch the AA morning flight.
ALL of the airlines will accept your baggage, but if you go over their
15kg or 20kg limit, you pay extra--about $0.50/lb or $1/kg. Sometimes
they let extra weight go uncharged, but plan on having small bills
available to pay the fees (i.e., don't land with only $50's & $100's).
The transfer/transit tax in CUR is $2pp. When you leave Bonaire, if
you're flying to CUR, you pay that (local) departure tax fls 15,50
(Message edited by modfreddie on December 15, 2010)
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