Published On: Tue, Dec 11th, 2018

‘Divi Divi Air’ makes its inaugural flight to St. Maarten via Curaçao

Corendon_StMaartenPHILIPSBURG - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication in St. Maarten, the honourable Stuart Johnson was on hand at the Airport Monday at 11:30am to welcome the inaugural flight for Divi Divi Air from Curacao to St. Maarten.

Minister Johnson and Ground Handlers for the airline Halley Aviation Services and SXM Airport officials to witness the “water cannon salute” to the Boeing 737-800 aircraft by the Airport Fire Department and to welcome the captain and crew. Over sixty-seven passengers disembarked the maiden flight from Curacao.

Divi Divi Air and Corendon are jointly servicing the routes. Corendon is Holland’s third biggest tour operator.

Insel Air will now have a Code Share relationship with Divi Divi Air allowing prospective passengers to purchase Insel Air Tickets which according to Priscilla Molina-Halley, will be honoured by Divi Divi Airline out of St. Maarten. The Code Share Agreement with Insel Air and Divi Divi Air is for 40 seats on board their Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Minister Johnson said Monday, “The inaugural flight showed that there is a great deal of confidence in our destination. This is the kind of activity that investors have been hoping to see, especially given the hard work being done by the management at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) to get our Terminal Building reopened to accommodate larger arrivals and departures and get us back to the numbers of visitor arrivals we were experiencing pre-Irma.”

He said it is worth celebrating as this achievement is an indication that the island is moving forward.

Divi Divi Air has scheduled five (5) weekly flights between Curacao and St. Maarten. It will leave Curacao on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday at 10:00am, landing at Princess Juliana International Airport at 11:30am, and return to Curacao on those days leaving St. Maarten at 12:30pm and arriving at Hato International Airport 1:50pm.

The aircraft which Divi Divi Air has on Wet Lease has a capacity of 189 passengers. Germaine Durand of Divi Divi Air said there is a special promotional fare of USD$120 round trip to Curacao from St. Maarten with the lowest "regular rate" for the same trip is USD$188.  The airline is presently in discussions to also fly from Curacao to Bonaire. Divi Divi Air will start its full-service flight from Curacao to Brazil with “very attractive rates” and "special on-board entertainment" on Saturday, December 15th. Captain Peter Nanninga who flew the inaugural flight said he had not flown to St. Maarten since 1984 and even though the island sustained severe damage in 2017 “the view coming in was magnificent. He said, "It is a beautiful island. I see why the people love coming here.”

Interested travellers can log on to www.dividiviair.com for more travel details. Divi Divi Air will leave Curacao a little later on Fridays departing at 4:10pm and landing in St. Maarten at 5:40pm. It departs St. Maarten on Fridays at 6:30 and arrives in Curacao at 8:00pm.

The two weekly flights scheduled to Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil departs Curacao at 10:50am on Saturdays and lands six hours later around 7:20pm in Brazil. The aircraft will overnight in Brazil weekly and return to Curacao on Sunday leaving Brazil at 9:35am and landing at Hato International at 2:00pm. On that same day it will then depart Curacao to St. Maarten at 4:10pm and land in St. Maarten at 5:40pm, then departs St. Maarten at 6:30pm landing in Curacao at 8:00pm

 

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