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    Airport anticipates rush hour in the summer

    Airport anticipates rush hour in the summer
    http://www.amigoe.com/english/ Monday, February 11, 2008

    AAA anticipates an excellent year now that some airline companies have indicated increasing their number of flights substantially.

    ORANJESTAD -- Aruba Airport Authority (AAA) anticipates that the airport is going to be rush hour this coming summer; namely several airline companies have asked for extra flights in June, July, August, and September. On top of that, starting June 25, ArkeFly will increase her weekly flights to the Netherlands from 2 to 3.

    Front runner is Delta Airlines that from June 14 till August 17 will increase her weekly flights from 7 to 11. Delta will perform 9 weekly flights to Atlanta and 2 to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, and an overnight flight on Friday, which improves the connection from Atlanta considerably.

    Spirit Airlines (Ford Lauderdale) is also going to fly more often from May 1 till September 1. Instead of once a week, this airline company is going to fly twice a week between Florida and Aruba.

    AAA also anticipates that due to the extra growth in the Latin-American tourist- market, the airline companies from this region will put in extra flights in the summer months. “We exerted ourselves for increasing especially the number of flights in the middle of the week. Traditionally, these are the quiet days in the week and jazzing this up is difficult. We have obviously managed to convince a few airline companies of the benefits. Because of this, 2008 seems to become an excellent year”, said Peter Steinmetz, director of AAA.

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    Has anyone taken the Atlanta to Aruba flight recently on Delta? I am scheduled to take this flight Sept 1 and just wanted feedback on how full the flight was, how close to being on time, etc.
    Last edited by lou and nay; 02-26-2008 at 01:59 PM. Reason: Add the airline
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    We live about an hour and a half north of Atlanta and Delta has become our airline of necessity not by choice. You will read horror stories for every airline.

    We have found Delta to be okay. Our flights to and from Aruba on Delta in December were okay. Going down, delayed due to equipment change at the last minute requiring mass changes in seat assignments and a delay on return due to air traffic control, obviously out of DL's control.

    One suitcase was damaged. DL cheerfully provided a mailer to have it repaired. It was not repairable and they were unable to purchase an identical piece so they mailed us a check for the full replacement value.

    Check your flight details weekly. Delta has a bad habit of changing seat assignments and flight times with no notice. The exception being about 2 weeks prior to departure, then they WILL email you the change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    ...Check your flight details weekly. Delta has a bad habit of changing seat assignments and flight times with no notice. The exception being about 2 weeks prior to departure, then they WILL email you the change.
    They have already changed our connection and flight to Aruba by changing flight numbers and times. I'm checking every month for now, more often in 5 months.
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    Aruba Airlines & Cruiseships Update: February 2007

    Aruba Airlines & Cruiseships Update: February 2007
    March 5th, 2008

    More airlift, more seats to Aruba in summer 2008.Additional air service for summer 2008 has been announced. Delta Airlines is adding additional service from Atlanta with an overnight flight on Fridays and Saturdays June 14, 2008 through August 17, 2008. This brings Delta’s schedule up to 9 weekly flights from Atlanta and 2 weekly flights from New York’s JFK this summer. More importantly, the overnight flight provides for improved connections to destinations beyond Atlanta.

    Spirit Airlines is furthermore increasing service to twice weekly during the period of May 1, 2008 through September 1, 2008 from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba on Wednesdays.

    The demand for Aruba is increasing from Europe as well and Arkefly will add service to Aruba from Amsterdam on Wednesdays as of June 25, 2008, thus three weekly flights.

    The Aruba Airport Authority is anticipating several charter frequency requests during the period of July and August, the typical summer holiday travel in view of the strong growth from Latin America in 2007.

    Pullmantur Cruises will be using a bigger ship for their turn around as of March 2008, due to an increase in demand. The ship is the former Empress of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean and it will be named ‘Empress’. The ship will arrive to Aruba on March 21st and will do its first sailing on March 22nd. The ship holds a maximum capacity of 1400 passengers. Turn Around will remain in Aruba and in Isla Margarita. Pullmantur will be doing their embarking and disembarking in Aruba until May and will return in November again for their weekly turn around. For more information please call (297) 583-3648 or visit www.arubabycruise.com.

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