Courtesy of: The Morning News
By: Rosalie Klein
The executive team of Aruba‘s newest island based air carrier, Aruba Airlines, welcomed their travel partners from agencies around the island and media to a special event at Carambola restaurant in Palm Beach on Friday, June 7, to announce they are adding a new route to their schedule.
Their flagship plane, an Airbus 320, began flights to Maracaibo, Venezuela last month, and on June 28 their itinerary will now include a morning flight to Panama City, Panama, with Miami soon to be added to their increasing scope. The plan has seating for 12 in Business Class and 138 in Economy Class.
Aruba Airlines CEO Ono Swaart was joined by their General Manager for Venezuela and Latin America north of Brazil, Winston Rochard, in making the announcement. The flights, which presently run four days a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, actually originate in Maracaibo, where the plane overnights, bring passengers from Venezuela to Aruba, then departs at 10:15 AM from Aruba for Panama.
To further demonstrate their appreciation to partners and press for their staunch support of the fledgling airline, a raffle was conducted. Six prizes were awarding allowing those attending the celebratory soiree the opportunity to experience the amenities of Aruba Airlines firsthand.
Two round trip tickets to Maracaibo, three to Panama and one Aruba-Miami-Aruba, were won by Mario Odor of Arius Travel, Andre Patrochi of 24ora.com, Journalist Dilma Arends, Jerusha Rasmijn of the Aruba Tourism Authority, Jamine Boekhoudt of Maduro Travel and Judith Oduber, also of Maduro Travel.
Further, Mr. Rochard explained that Aruba Airline fares will be highly competitive, and during the month of June, travelers can check in a second and third at no extra fee. For more information on the airline’s schedule and perks, such as a frequent flyer program, visit their website: http://www.arubaairlines.com/