Entries in Curaçao (2)

Wednesday
Jun222011

Curaçao airline Insel Air adds Charlotte, North Carolina to network

Curaçao-based airline Insel Air today launches a non-stop service between Hato International Airport (IATA: CUR; ICAO: TNCC) on Curaçao, and Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT) near Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.  The service will operate twice-weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday according to Insel Air, and will be flown with the McDonell Douglas MD-83 according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  Insel Air noted in its press release that this will allow Insel Air travelers to make convenient connections with US Airways, which operates a hub at Charlotte-Douglas.  Insel Air and US Airways signed an interline agreement in 2009.

Willemstad, the largest town on Curaçao, has one of the most colorful and recognizable downtown areas in the Caribbean.  Dutch-style terraced houses are splashed with Caribbean-style color.  Downtown Willemstad and the nearby harbor have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A Bonaire-focused travel site operated from the American state of Texas, called www.bonairepros.com also noted the route this past April.  The site was offering the Charlotte-Curaçao-Bonaire round-trip at 497.3 USD (870.28 ANG) at the time they posted the route.

Bonaire, Curaçao, and Aruba make up what are sometimes called the ABC islands.  Bonaire is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Curaçao (at the closest point), in the southern Caribbean Sea.  Each of the islands uses a different official currency.  Curaçao uses the Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG).  Aruba, 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Curaçao, uses the Aruban florin (AWG).  Bonaire used the Netherlands Antillean guilder until the last day of 2010.  It now uses the American dollar (USD).

original stories

New InselAir destination, Charlotte US, creates many transfer possibilities with US Airways (Insel Air)

Insel Air to Offer Charlotte flight to Bonaire (www.bonairepros.com)

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Wednesday
May052010

The Aruba Tourism Authority has launched a redesigned website

The southern Caribbean island of Aruba is re-branding itself to visitors using online resources to plan their journey to the island.  The site still depicts windsurfing, snorkeling, Scuba diving, casino gambling, and local Aruban food.  But navigation is simpler, and the most important information for visitors from outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands on what to have with them when they arrive, is easier to access.  There is updated information on where to go for shopping and entertainment on the island, and a drop-down menu listing various themed vacations, catering to various interests.  Additionally, there is an online forum for those planning their first visit to the island to read suggestions from people who have been there, from native Arubans, and from other people who live there.  The majority of the posts in the forum are in English and intended for American and Anglophone Canadian visitors.  But some, in a different section, are written in Dutch for visitors to the island from the Netherlands.  Nine airlines fly from the United States to Aruba, eight of them headquartered in the United States.  Three airlines make the flight from the Netherlands, including the Dutch flag carrier KLM.

Due north of Venezuela just a few miles, Aruba was first populated by the Arawak tribe around two millennia ago.  The first trans-Atlantic adventurers to see the island were probably the Italian Vespucci and the Spaniard Ojeda in 1499.  In 1508, Spain appointed a governor over the island, but generations later relinquished Aruba to a joint-stock company headquartered in its former colony the Netherlands.  During World War II, Aruba temporarily fell under the control of the United States and the United Kingdom.  In 1954, Aruba, along with Curaçao, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius, Saba, and Saint Martin, was incorporated into the Netherlands Antilles, under the Dutch crown.

In 1986, Aruba broke from the Netherlands Antilles, but the island remains part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and its head of state is still the Dutch monarch. The Netherlands Antilles is scheduled to be dissolved on October 10 this year.  But the constituent islands will remain under the Dutch crown.

original story (Aruba Tourism Authority)