|By Anonymous on Saturday, August 11, 2001 - 6:23 am:|
Heard that Bonaire is the place to start diving. Am going to barbados for a month from end of September and wondering if there are any flights from there to Bonaire.
|By michael gaynor on Saturday, August 11, 2001 - 10:06 am:|
You can fly from Barbados to Montego Bay, Jamiaca, then on the Bonaire on Wed, Sat or Sundays.
|By Vicki Murt on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 3:05 pm:|
Can also fly from Barbados to Trinidad (LIAT or BIWI), and then to Curacao/Bonaire on ALM. Not sure of the schedule though. Need to check out times to see if you need to overnight on Trinidad. Can also do the Barbados to St. Maarten (possibly on LIAT)and then to Curacao/Bonaire on ALM.
|By Anonymous on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 4:45 pm:|
Avoid using ALM...they are not flyhing accorinding to their schedule. St Martin has them on "COD" to land plandes and a few of the dash 8's have been seized by creditors
|By Kelly on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 6:07 pm:|
Anon, please post your source for the statement that "a few of the Dash-8's have been seized by creditors". Thank you.
|By Vicki Murt on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 6:19 pm:|
One other option is to fly to San Juan and then pick up the American Eagle and fly directly to Bonaire. Check for AE flights (to and from Bonaire via SJU) now since I believe they are still on sale!
|By Vicki Murt on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 6:31 pm:|
Just did a quick check on Expedia. Round trip from Barbados to Bonaire via SJU is currently $333USD. Not bad flight times (except the 6 AM departure). Only need to layover for about 2 hours in SJU on the way there. And just enough time to clear customs and grab a quick bite to eat on the return.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 11:38 pm:|
|By Kelly on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 11:43 pm:|
"Not a good sign, if you ask me... " That my friend is a major understatement. ALM should be called Phoenix Airlines when you consider the number of times it has risen from the ashes.
|By michael gaynor on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 7:36 am:|
The positive result that may yet occur is the use of A/E to step in since they already have a foothold here. It is just a matter of time before the government will be forced to realize it does not belong in the Airline business.
|By Kelly on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 8:18 am:|
Will keep my fins crossed Michael..
|By Jason on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 4:13 pm:|
Guys.. To keep things in context.. three other news articles in Washington Post today..a) Dealt with Midway Airlines.. a significant although not necessary major regional airline on the east coast, filing Chapter 11, laid off 700 employees and immediately grounded 17 airplanes and abandoned half their routes today b) USAIR, nations 6th largest airline has gotten its pilots to reopen labor talks in hope of restriking an agreement for an airline most financial experts give about 6 weeks - 6 months to survive c) EMERY Airlines (primarily freight) grounded its entire fleet today... Granted government may not be the best managers but we are seeing a continuing major upheval in airlines.. and despite this little old ALM actually sometimes flies on time....
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 8:36 pm:|
And from today's issue of The Daily Herald:
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Friday, August 17, 2001 - 6:16 pm:|
And more from today's issue of The Daily Herald:
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Sunday, September 9, 2001 - 12:23 am:|
Here's something scary - ALM running American Eagle's flights?!
|By Ann Phelan on Sunday, September 9, 2001 - 8:16 am:|
So ALM will run the Curacao leg, not SJU leg??
|By michael gaynor on Sunday, September 9, 2001 - 11:44 am:|
It appears that my "prediction" of August 14 may be a reality. I am sure the AE and ALM will reach some sort of compromise in who will actually run the thing. I believe the major issue now to be concerned is how much will the seat cost? Rumor has it that the flight to San Juan on AE has already jumped 50%!
|By Glen Reem on Monday, September 10, 2001 - 12:25 am:|
The wording of the quoted news release is interesting: '...AE...must be used by ALM to operate the route'. If the words are the true meaning, it can be read that AE must operate the flights for ALM. For Jake's concern, it would read '..it must use ALM to ...'. His sounds the more logical but... 'Curiouser and curiouser'.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Monday, September 10, 2001 - 11:21 pm:|
Michael, the current price (for October - which is when my Patent Bar Exam is in San Juan) for a mid-week (Sunday to Thursday) ticket BON-SJU-BON is US$224, which is about 50% higher than the special intro fares back in June (which were around US$150). That said, my four day trip to Miami (Wednesday to Saturday) last week was only $272 (for BON-SJU-MIA-SJU-BON). And fares from Boston to Bonaire via San Juan, roundtrip for October and November were $285 a few weeks ago. And then, to completely confuse the issue, my flight to Baltimore on American - BON-SJU-BWI-SJU-BON for 8 days, was just shy of US$700.
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