Minister Oduber Signs Landmark Agreement with Insel and Tiara Air
Minister Oduber Signs Landmark Agreement with Insel and Tiara Air Date April 21st, 2011
Minister of Tourism, Transport & Labor Otmar Oduber recently announced that Aruba’s own Tiara Air and Insel Air, based out of Curacao, have agreed to work cooperatively in providing flights out of Aruba to several new destinations, and inversely, allowing these new markets direct access into the island.
Managing Director of Tiara Air, Alejandro Muyale and CEO of Insel Air, Albert Kluyver joined Minister Oduber at the dais to elaborate on the new routes and the news that both private airlines will also be endorsed as official island air carriers with the Aruba brand emblazoned on their planes traveling to and from Aruba.
Insel Air has been issued an A.O.C. as registered with the Aruba Chamber of Commerce as a locally operating division of the parent company. They will begin service with three Fokker 50 prop planes (carrying 50 passengers) adding eight new destinations to the roster at the Reina Beatrix International Airport. By August, they hope to have in place flights to and from Caracas, Valencia and other large cities in Venezuela plus Medellin in Colombia, where they can connect Insel Air flights from Aruba to Costa Rica, Domincan Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Miami.
The planes are expected on Aruba over the next two months when they must be certified by the Department of Civil Aviation (CAA) to begin their new routes. “We have always felt Aruba has an excellent facility and is a desirable location from which to provide service to our clients,” stated Mr. Kluyver. “Thank you for this opportunity to start working together with Aruba and Tiara Air.” The long range flights will be aboard a MD 80 jet with Insel Air and Boeing 737 model 300 for Tiara, each of which accommodates around 152 to 154 passengers.
Story courtesy of The Morning News
Photo courtesy of Rosalie Klein