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U.K. Charter Airlines To CUR?  
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9688 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

Hi,

I just read in our local newspaper (amigoe.com) that our government (Netherlands Antilles) is in the final stages of finalizing an open skies air agreement between the United Kingdom and the islands of the Netherlands Antilles. This agreement has to be ractified/approved by the Netherlands first before go-ahead takes place.

Even though this agreement is not conclusive yet it indicates some truth to it as these rumours have been going on in Curacao for quite some time now. So my question is: How is demand from the U.K. to the Netherlands Antilles, and in particular to Curacao? Which U.K. charter airlines might be interested in flying to Curacao? First Choice, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Britannia? Can we expect British charter flights to Curacao by the end of this year?

On a side note, MP will start a once weekly flight to Curacao as of the end of October with a second flight being added from December. Besides MP, we have KL and Arkefly flying to Curacao. KL has a daily 744 flight to Curacao while Arkefly has a three-weekly 763 flight to Curacao with plans to increase this to 4-5 flights per week. However, with MP now also starting Curacao flights I wouldn't be too surprised that Arkefly is becoming a bit more cautious to increase their capacity to Curacao.


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A388

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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Maybe First Choice will be interested as they also serve Aruba and are focusing on long haul expansion at the moment


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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 1):
Maybe First Choice will be interested as they also serve Aruba and are focusing on long haul expansion at the moment

Hi Humberside, thank you for the reply. It wuold be nice to have First Choice here. I didn't know they also served AUA, must be in the winter season when there are also charterflights from Canada to AUA and CUR. I was actually hoping for Thomas Cook Airlines to start flights to CUR but oh well. Anything goes for me! Big grin

If anyone has more info, please let me know.

A388


User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2096 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
So my question is: How is demand from the U.K. to the Netherlands Antilles, and in particular to Curacao?

There's practically no demand from the UK to Curacao, until British tour operators set up flights and holidays and then tell people that's where they want to go.


User currently offlineAUA747 From Aruba, joined Jul 2006, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 1):
Maybe First Choice will be interested as they also serve Aruba and are focusing on long haul expansion at the moment

First Choice is flying during the summer. Currently they operate a weekly (monday) flight to Aruba. I will have to check up on the loads of that flight.

I think CUR has more potential in the European market then AUA does.


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Quoting AUA747 (Reply 4):
First Choice is flying during the summer. Currently they operate a weekly (monday) flight to Aruba. I will have to check up on the loads of that flight.

Next summer, the First Choice brochure shows fortnightly flights to both LGW and MAN



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Quoting AUA747 (Reply 4):
First Choice is flying during the summer. Currently they operate a weekly (monday) flight to Aruba. I will have to check up on the loads of that flight.



Quoting Humberside (Reply 5):

Next summer, the First Choice brochure shows fortnightly flights to both LGW and MAN

Hmm, interesting. How come I have never seen the U.K. charterflights on the arrivals list on the airport website of AUA? I look at the AUA arrivals daily and have never seen any U.K. charterflights appearing. Charterflights from North American Airlines, USA3000 and SkyService do appear (?)

I would like to know the likelihood of U.K. charterflights to CUR.

A388


User currently offlineAUA747 From Aruba, joined Jul 2006, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Check the arrival list tomorrow, it arrives around 3/4pm from LGW.

Quoting Humberside (Reply 5):
Next summer, the First Choice brochure shows fortnightly flights to both LGW and MAN

Maybe these flights will go through AUA to CUR, same as Arkefly is doing from AMS.


User currently offlineDestinations From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 6):
I would like to know the likelihood of U.K. charterflights to CUR.

Highly unlikely i believe.

Is it as expensive as Aruba? If it is then some people will be deffinatly put off seen as they can get to the Dominican Republic cheaper than a flight to europe in some cases.

The only airline with room for expansion is First Choice anyway, possibly rotating with its Aruba flights or as part of a stop off.


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

Quoting Destinations (Reply 8):
Highly unlikely i believe.

Is it as expensive as Aruba? If it is then some people will be deffinatly put off seen as they can get to the Dominican Republic cheaper than a flight to europe in some cases.

The only airline with room for expansion is First Choice anyway, possibly rotating with its Aruba flights or as part of a stop off.

I've never been to AUA but what I've heard friends tell me is that AUA is more expensive than CUR as there are much more tourists going to AUA compared to CUR. In this regard CUR is cheaper but I don't know how much cheaper.

A388


User currently offlineTCXDegsy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 515 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 2):
I was actually hoping for Thomas Cook Airlines to start flights to CUR but oh well. Anything goes for me!

My information is that TCX are going to expand their longhaul offerings, thanks to the addition of their 3rd A330... however, it's believed they are going to expand eastwards!



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

Quoting TCXDegsy (Reply 10):
My information is that TCX are going to expand their longhaul offerings, thanks to the addition of their 3rd A330... however, it's believed they are going to expand eastwards!

Thanks for the info TCXDegsy. Keep me updated when you know more  Smile

A388


User currently offlineCwldude From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Yes I'd say it's gonna be either TCX or FCA. For the reasons stated above, FCA are concentrating on expanding their long-haul offerings, and they're concentrating on offering fortnightly destinations from the UK, so they could make it work.

TCX are getting a new A330 at the end of the year, so it could work for them too as they wouldn't need to dump any current routes to start it off.

Would be nice to see a route like this working as Ive always been interested in visiting the Netherlands Antilles, would be a nice break  Smile



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

Quoting Cwldude (Reply 12):
Would be nice to see a route like this working as Ive always been interested in visiting the Netherlands Antilles, would be a nice break

Charterflights from the U.K. to Curacao has never been done before as far as I know so it will indeed be nice to see these flights coming to Curacao as well. For Europeans Curacao is still cheap and British tourists are known to come here but mostly on cruise ships as far as I know. I hope it goes through, everybody is wellcome here of course and it also means more aircraft for me to photograph!!  bouncy 

A388


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