Because the bilateral air agreement between The Netherlands and Surinam allows only 2 operators to operate the route. One Dutch airline (KLM) and one Surinam airline (SLM
). Both airlines possess exclusive route rights till the end of 2008, when the bilateral agreement expires and must be renegotiated.
Since both KLM and SLM
charge excessive fares for roundtrip coach class tickets, some operators have tried and are trying to lure passengers from the Netherlands to drive / take a bus / take a train to BRU
airport and fly from there to PBM. There is no feeder airline service from AMS
. Only KLM operates the route with a Fokker 70 and they won't provide seats to SIVA for sure...
does not have the luxury of having a fast train service linking Amsterdam or any other Dutch city to the Belgian airport, unless passengers are connecting somewhere at one of the 3 Brussels main stations and then take the airport city express train to the airport. But this is one big joke, since the airport express takes about 20 to 40 minutes to get from downtown Brussels to the airport, while the distance is less than 15km. That train is so slow... always delayed and stops 4 or 5 times... and it has the lowest priority on schedule, it must give priority to Intercity or international trains using the tracks...
Other options are bus services or driving with your own car from Holland to BRU
, but it adds to the overall cost of the travel and is very inconvenient.
There is almost no Surinam community in Belgium, so all the traffic must be generated from The Netherlands.
I wish SIVA good luck, but I'm afraid it's not gonna be successful, unless it is really managed well. Others have tried the PBM-BRU
route before, but they all failed.
Anyway, it would be good to see a new long haul airline in BRU
. We are missing them.