Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014

KLM wants to make former Dutch Antilles springboard to region

BiofuelAMSTERDAM, WILLEMSTAD – The Royal Dutch Airline (KLM) wants to use Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao as a springboard to the region. This is because of the rapidly growing markets in Latin America. KLM’s CEO, Camiel Eurlings made this statement in Bonaire last weekend.

“The KLM must have a more regular and better connection with the networks of our partners to transport passengers quicker and cheaper to more destinations in Central and South America,” Eurlings said. KLM intends to work closely with the U.S. partner Delta and the local Insel Air. Also the Brazilian GOL, which co-operation was recently intensified, will be involved in the planning.

According to Eurlings, there is still a need to considerably invest in airports. Funds were set aside by the Dutch government for the modernization of the airport in Bonaire, which is considered a Dutch town. “I will soon talk to Junion Minister,” Eurlings announced.

Schiphol does not have the intention to invest in the airport. “Because of the small scale it will have too little return on investment,” the CEO stated.

Eurlings was on Bonaire for KLM’s first biofuel flight on used cooking oil.

Photo credit: Bea Moedt

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