|By Anonymous on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 7:32 pm:|
How badly will the slowdown in travel hurt ALM? We had reservations on Aruba Air last October the week they went belly up and we went to Cayman instead. We are scheduled to fly to Bonaire on the 27th of Oct. and then to Aruba on the 1st of November on ALM. Will we make it this year?
|By Jennifer Gray on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 12:25 am:|
Wish I had checked this site a few weeks ago before I made reservations on ALM for our trip in January. Yikes! Anyone have any more information on ALM???
|By Steve and Sandy Oliver on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 8:16 am:|
You are wise to be concerned. ALM is reckelessly canceling flights, without attempting to contact passengers. Our flight brom BON to CUR on 9/29/01 was canceled, and they made no attempt to notify us, even though we had re-confirmed at their Bonaire office 2 days prior. Because we had proof that we had reconfirmed, they put us on a later flight, and put us up at the Plaza (a real dumpy room) in Willemstad for the night. Another passenger who was booked on ALM to Miami was told she was out of luck, because she hadn't reconfirmed. (They claim they would have told her she was booked on the earlier flight). She ended up shelling out $400 to fly home on Air Jamaica.
|By Hazel Scharosch on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 10:27 am:|
This is really sad. Are they using the recent attack on America to justify shoddy service? I realize that the travel industry, and small airlines in particular are facing financial crisis, but treating paying customers in this way will simply speed up the process of bankruptcy. Unfortunately, this is probably just one of many similar stories.
|By 2Nancys on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 10:46 am:|
We were originally scheduled to fly American from Miami to Cur and then ALM to Bon. However, after the Sept. 11th events we rescheduled so that we could fly American all the way through SJU. Now, I'm soooooo glad we made that change.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 10:58 am:|
|By Deborah Campbell on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 11:43 am:|
Indeed, American must be expecting to offer inter-island flights next year. Looking at a possible Bonaire trip for Spring of 2002, I found AA flights to Bonaire routed through Aruba (specfically, AA Flight 5613 from AUA to BON, arriving at 4:40pm.) Haven't booked anything, and don't know whether this is "for real" or not... we've had good experiences with Air Jamaica to BON so far, and are using them on our next trip, in December. But more alternatives to ALM would surely be welcome.
|By michael gaynor on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 12:57 pm:|
The Aruba connection was to have begun on Oct 1 but it appears that it will commence Oct 15. When it happpens, I will be the first to jump and cheer. The next step is Curacao/Bonaire. Lastly, Caracas/Bonaire (as long as the madman Chavez behaves himself)
|By Jason on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 4:27 pm:|
Gee I only hope American Airlines is still around. Business discussions have been centering around a significant possibility tha AA will file for bankrupcy. Yes I have been a defender of ALM, in the past and the future.. The problems they face, due to their size, is harder then a lot of others. They lost two airplanes, USAIR is losing 125.. They canceled some flights.. The airport serving me has been closed since 9/11...and the reopening schedule is unsure.. and the great savior , AA won't even talk to be about option with in the same fare structure. SWISSAIR ceased operations today. The only reason the major US airlines are still in business this week is because of the $12 BILLION bail out they got from the US Government. Hey all airlines are a pain, lie and iffy at best.. welcome to the new world, which isn't all that much different, In general I would rather see local people, even Curcaco, get money for my travel then an an off island coporation. Yes I would love to see more options.. I can remember when I could get connections from Aruba so I had two routes to Bonaire depending on was canceling their flights for that date.. I hope, with a little luck, AA can at least match the service provided in the past by Air Aruba..and Jake at least ALM looks for excuses.. in my extensive experience AA dosn't even bother to try..
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 4:48 pm:|
Wow. Big time bummer about Swissair. Link about their closure is at:
|By Dara Walter on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 5:13 pm:|
Well, so far in my daily communication with ALM I am still assured that my flight leaves Sat at 1:40 and proceeds directly to BON......perhaps I shall continue to call daily to verify since it would not be much fun to be stranded in MIA with a cat and bird in tow....my sense of humor might not weather THAT!
|By Hazel Scharosch on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 5:59 pm:|
Hey, Dara! Does that bird still ask, "Are you a duck??" I am so thrilled for you, and I have your advice tacked up on my bulletin board: "Give yourself permission to do what you want." Best Wishes! We'll look you up when we are on island. Haz
|By Jason on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 10:41 pm:|
|By Dara Walter on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 - 2:20 am:|
Well, I have had good luck with ALM and believe it will continue......the power of positive thinking! Believing makes it so for me....or so it would seem!
|By Jason on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 - 11:58 am:|
Dara. My bottom line is the same.. I have had some experiences but through out I have found no match to the sterling personalities and character of the ALM staff and their attention to in-flight service. i will continue to fly ALM and recommend them to my friends along with my favorite caution.. its island time.. I
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