In reply to your first question:NO. I haven't been to CUR. Maybe next year if I go to Ecuador I'll be able to make a stopover at CUR.
I don't work in the aviation business. I work in the financial industry and don't have any professional links to aviation.
The majority of the info I get is coming from the media (Bloomberg, Reuters, TV, internet etc..). Furthermore, I've some friends in the aviatioon industry which supply sometimes with interesting info (and the latest gossip).
I acknowledge that KLM used tricks in order to make live for Air Aruba difficult (like they've done with more airlines), but I can hardly believe that FQ would abandon a profitable route just to get rid of KLM. Furthermore, if I can remember it correctly, didn't FQ use Air Holland crew in the end and wasn't the B767 only used for flights to AMS and also used by Air Holland on other days?
I've looked at fares in January and there you have the same thing. The difference isn't big.
As for the NMa decision, I didn't know that it is contested. I wonder who contested the ruling as it is a very thorough judgement (I assume you've read it). Furthermore, during my own research, which I had to do for my university paper on the infuence of alliances and mergers on fares I discovered that the lowest fares from 1995-2000 have dropped. You're right if you say that the number of seats for these fares is limited but, you can't claim that alll KLM fares are ridicoulously high. Travelling during the Christmas period is always expensive no matter where you want to go to (last year I intended to go to New York for Christmas and quoted more than USD 1,000 for a return flight (unless I would travel after Christmas).