|By Angela M (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:49 pm:|
Since I had so many questions before our recent trip to Bonaire re. Insel Air, I wanted to report on our experience with Insel Air. We booked Insel from Miami to Curacao, had to stay overnight in Curacao since the Bonaire airport started closing at 6pm, then flew Curacao to Bonaire. Given the fact that they do not assign seats until check-in, we had no prior experience with this airline and it is used mostly by locals, not tourists, I was more than a little concerned how this trip would go. I needn't have worried, it couldn't have gone better!
|By Rick Jaeger (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 9:51 am:|
My wife and I are doing the same route on Tuesday May 3rd. Since they have extended the closings at Flamingo until summer, my guess is we'll be staying overnight in Curacao. I have emailed Insel Air about this but have not received a reply. When were you notified of the change in itinerary? What hotel did you use in Curacao overnight? What time did you depart for Bonaire the next day? I'm glad it all worked out for you. We're hoping for the same....
|By Angela M (BonaireTalker - Post #12) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 11:13 am:|
Hi Rick, yes you will likely be staying overnight in Curacao, depending on what time and day your flight arrives. They are keeping the Bonaire airport open until 8pm a few nights for incoming big flights, but I'm not sure when those are. We were not that lucky. You will need to contact Insel to find out what is going on with your flights.
|By Rick Jaeger (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 1:23 pm:|
|By Angela M (BonaireTalker - Post #14) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 1:42 pm:|
I completely agree, we used to fly to Bonaire on AA but ever since they cancelled the flight from San Juan to Bonaire, it's been nothing but a mess trying to get there now. We've tried various things and so far haven't found a perfect solution. But I guess if Bonaire wasn't worth it, we wouldn't bother, would we? Good luck!
|By Rick (BonaireTalker - Post #28) on Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 4:23 pm:|
I was able to reserve my seats when making my online reservation. There is a button below "Lead Traveler" and "Contact Details" under the "Traveler Seating" section labeled "Select Seats". If you click on this button, you are able to select your seats for the flights. I don't know if there is a way to choose seating after making the reservation though. I held my assigned seats for both directions.
|By Angela M (BonaireTalker - Post #18) on Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 6:31 pm:|
Well that's good to know if we ever fly them again, they sure don't advertise that you can do that! Although we couldn't have gotten better seats than the emergency row.
|By Rick Jaeger (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:34 pm:|
I did receive an email response from Insel Air confirming that our late flight from CUR to BON has been cancelled and we are rebooked for the next morning on the 7am flight. I have booked a room at the Holanda. Allan recommends that we eat at the Curacao airport before we call him to pick us up. Anyone know if there is a decent restaurant there? We haven't been through there in years.
|By Angela M (BonaireTalker - Post #19) on Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:47 pm:|
Ooooo that's tough, there's not much at the airport but I guess what little is there would be better than starving. There's a sports bar & grill that serves hamburgers, etc, some sort of cafe that serves sandwiches, etc, and a sushi stand, but I've never seen it open. The souvenir shops all have snacks, drinks, etc, but nothing substantial. There's nothing around the airport either where Allan could take you by. Maybe once you get to the apartment, he could call you a cab and you can go to town? That's what I would do.
|By Pietri Hausmann (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #538) on Monday, April 4, 2011 - 6:32 pm:|
there are plenty of restaurants in the area that could deliver to your room .. ..not much at the airport .. a cab into Willemstead would run you easily $ 25 each way......
|By DIVER DEBBI (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #689) on Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:05 pm:|
what was open in the afternoon in between terminals was Burger King...Lovers Ice Cream..Sabarros Pizza , a sports bar and a sandwich place...inside departure terminal there was coffee bar with sandwiches also,
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