Despite the long sailing time ferry service still feasible
WILLEMSTAD, ORANJESTAD - The fact that the Fast Ferry service between Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire does not meet essential requirements and that the project could possibly be a failure, is not a good conclusion. This is according to Ton Jansen, a researcher at Icasus Caribbean, following an article in the Dutch newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad.
The ferry can reverse within half an hour. Customs and immigration authorities have made agreements, he says.
The Aruban Member of Parliament Andin Bikker announced earlier that the tariff of the ferry should be as low as possible: $ 10 one way per person and $ 25 for a car. However, Jansen announced that the tariffs should be at half of the current air fares to “keep it commercially profitable”.
An adult ticket from Aruba to Curaçao would currently amount to $ 110 and for children and seniors $ 65. The start-up capital is about $ 6 million and will be paid by the operator. The plan is to earn back this investment in the first five years.