To wrap up the series of airline posts this week I would like to end the week on a positive note. It surely is difficult these days being in the airline industry. The sheer amount of staff that even a small airline has, it is devastating when it goes out of business, image the large ones.
Not all is bad however. There are still plenty off airlines that are coming along. Especially on Saturday there are many exotic carriers in town.
Following a list of major airlines that visit Aruba frequently throughout the week:
- American Airlines from Miami and New York typically using Boeing 757.
- American Eagle from San Juan, Puerto Rico typically using ATR-42
- ArkeFly from Amsterdam typically using Boeing 767.
- Avianca from Bogota typically using Fokker 100 and MD-88.
- Continental Airlines from Newark and Houston typically using Boeing 757 and Boeing 737.
- Delta Airlines from Atlanta and New York typically using Boeing 737 and Boeing 757.
- JetBlue from New York and Boston typically using Airbus 320.
- KLM from Amsterdam typically using MD-11.
- United Airlines from Chicago and Washington typically using Airbus 320.
- US Airways from Charlotte, Philadelphia and New York typically using Airbus 320 and Boeing 757.
There are also rare visitors in Aruba, especially in the weekend:
- Air Canada from Toronto typically using Airbus 320.
- Condor Flugdienst charter from Frankfurt and München typically using Boeing 767.
- LTU charter from Dusseldorf typically using Airbus 330.
- Miami Air typically chartered.
- North American Airlines typically chartered.
- Omni Air International typically chartered.
- Pullmantur from Madrid typically using Boeing 747.
- Ryan International typically chartered.
- Spirit Airlines from Fort Lauderdale typically using Airbus 319.
- USA 3000 Airlines typically chartered.
There some changes in the pipeline for this summer:
- Charters are expected again from the England.
- New charters are starting from Milan, Italy.
- New flights are expected from Brazil.
- Avianca is adding additional flights from Colombia.
- Venezuelan air carriers are expecting to bring record numbers visitors this year.
- Spirit Airlines is expected to add another flight from Fort Lauderdale.
Airlift good for tourism
The airlift for this year seems to be fine, on paper it is. Airlines aren’t afraid to cancel flights when they aren’t properly filled.
There are many theories and ideas as to how the current economic situation in the United States is going to affect Aruba’s economy. The old saying goes: “Whenever the US has a cold, Aruba sneezes.” The latest figures from the local Bureau of Statistics show that 71% of the visitors to Aruba are from the US.
The impact of a potential economic downturn is difficult to measure for this island. Some local officials have expressed concern about the economic situation in North America and its negative impact it might have to Aruba. Not all experts in the US agree as to how grave the situation is. Fact is that the US economic growth has lost steam.
The airlift from the US to Aruba seems to be decent, and the summer promises to bring people from elsewhere. It won’t replace US visitors. Perhaps it might level it out a bit. Currently resorts report decent occupancy rates and the bookings seem to be steady for coming months.