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    Just talked to my in-laws, they landed about 2:45 and made it to the Tam about 4:15. So no real problems at the airport incoming. About 30 minutes at customs, not too bad.

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    Any "today" reports?

    Thanks
    April/May in Aruba - ahhh

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    I am here at the Tam right now! We had absolutley no problems getting here, out flights were right on time. No signs of problems as far as we can tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs.BeachComber View Post
    I am here at the Tam right now!
    Can you bring us back photos of the beach? Word has it that the waves in March brought in a ton of sand?

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    New actions has started for this week
    Last Update: Monday, April 07, 2008 http://www.amigoe.com/english/

    Tourists were still troubled by the public employees’ protest march at the airport last Saturday. The public employees, among whom many teachers, hit the streets again this morning (picture right).

    ORANJESTAD – A big group of public employees, about 500 to 1000, gathered again this morning to demonstrate for salary increases. Many teachers answered Simar’s call for strike. At the time this paper went to press, we had no idea of how many students didn’t have classes today due to the strike. None of the schools did close however.

    In the meantime, the government and the public servant unions didn’t get one step closer to each other, after the unions made their ‘last proposal’ last Friday. “We reacted with four options on the proposal: another salary system; reorganization; oriented on performance; and/or core-job analysis to compromise and be able to pay for the indexation. We have also proposed to them to come with other ideas and/or conditions, to scrape together the money”, said lawyer Anthony Ruiz, who represents the National government. However, the unions insist that they do not want to come up with solutions; they only want the payment they are claiming. “The unions do not consider this their problem, thus the deadlock remains”, says Ruiz.

    Chances are that government and union will meet each other again in court. Despite the court verdict of last week, the fire department is also going to join the actions tomorrow. The court has already considered prohibiting this department to go on strike, due to the fact that the department is already understaffed and the actions may not have consequences for the availability. “We already foresee problems due to the actions and we are studying the verdict”, says Ruiz, who didn’t want to say whether the government is really going to continue with a lawsuit.

    After the judge decided last Saturday that the public employees are allowed to demonstrate in front of the airport, a big group marched with banners, drums, and slogans from the Simar-building to the arrival- and departure terminals of the airport. The arriving passengers were troubled by this, because they couldn’t leave directly for their hotels by taxi. Spokesperson of AAA, Hendrik Croes, said that the tourists had to wait in the arrival hall for about 45 minutes and they were not very pleased with this. “The effect of the demonstration was the same as last time, when the intersection in front of the airport was blocked.’

    AAA was a little disappointed with the verdict of the judge in the lawsuit that AAA, ATIA, and AHATA had instituted last Saturday. “The lawsuit was to prevent a blockade of the airport. This time around, the demonstrators were not allowed to block the intersection at the airport, but they still hindered the traffic again”, said Croes. However, as far as he is aware of, tourists have not missed connections with a cruise ship. AAA is not officially informed about tomorrow’s planned actions of customs, immigration, and fire department. “We have not received a letter, thus we know nothing officially.”

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    Thanks for the update.

    Ugh. I really hope they get this sorted out in the next couple of weeks.
    April/May in Aruba - ahhh

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    One of my friends who speaks and reads Papiamento (an Aruban living here in the states) posted this in another forum. Don't know if she received this info from her Mom on the island or the news:

    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaMilie
    AA refused to land in Aruba and Continental also followed and diverted to Curacao. Not enough firefighters on staff due to strike...
    This is not good news.

    According to http://www.airportaruba.com/en/flightinfo/arrivals/

    American Airlines AA679 New York Scheduled Arrival 13:35 Arrived 15:20
    Continental Airlines CO1638 Newark Scheduled Arrival 13:13 Arrived 16:03

    According to the airport website all other flights arrived nearly on time or early.

    For CindyO
    American Airlines AA1013 Boston Scheduled Arrival 14:50 Arrived 14:57

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    That is definitely not good. We are flying on AA on the 20th
    April/May in Aruba - ahhh

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    Anyone flying AA should be checking on their flights daily at this point, as AA just announced another round of cancellations:

    American Expects More Cancellations

    While these latest cancellations are limited to MD-80 aircraft (about 1/3 their fleet) the potential for trickle-down delays/cancellations is probably high.


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    OMG - I am getting very nervous. We depart in 6 days (4/15) - Continental direct flight from Newark. Anybody have info please keep posting. I hope this gets worked out for the sake of everybody involved including all of us Aruba Lovers!!
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