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**Airline to Start Service July 4, 2009**



Kralendijk, Bonaire  (May 6, 2009) – The Tourism Corporation Bonaire today announces that Insel Air will be commencing a new weekly non-stop flight from Miami, Florida to Bonaire effective July 4, 2009. The flight will operate weekly on Saturdays throughout the year.


Insel Air flight #7I 907 will depart Bonaire at 11:55 a.m. arriving into Miami at 3:05 p.m.  The return flight #7I 908 will depart Miami at 4:25 p.m. arriving into Bonaire at 7:35 p.m.  Insel Air will use either an MD 82 or MD 83 aircraft configured with 152 economy seats.


“This is a key step forward in developing our island’s tourism industry,” said Jeffrey Levenstone, Commissioner of Tourism. “The new flight from Insel Air enables us to better access the Miami market, making it easier and faster for travelers from that region to get to Bonaire. Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of Tourism for Bonaire added, “The flights are ideally timed so as to connect with many flights from Miami to other points in the interior of the US. The addition of Miami as a gateway city gives Bonaire coverage from all of our major O/D markets in the US.”


For reservations on Insel Air, travelers from the United States should consult their professional travel counselor or contact the call center at + 5999-737-0444. For more info on Insel Air, please visit


Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most thriving fish population in the Caribbean.  Ideal for adventurers, explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep sea and bone fishing.  And with a selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.


Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism as reported by National Geographic Traveler magazine (March 2004) and Islands Magazine (December 2007), and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for seven years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.   It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by (June, 2008).


2009 brings the Celebration of the Parks to Bonaire, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Washington Slagbaai National Park and the 30th Anniversary of the Bonaire National Marine Park.  There will be a variety of festivities and events throughout the year, celebrating these combined years of nature protection for the island.


For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at

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