After an absence of almost a year, French-Dutch airline Air France-KLM decided to resume flights between Amsterdam – Aruba. This, for Aruba, iconic airline partner stopped flights to Aruba last year after more than 70 years of faithful service. Officials triumphantly welcomed the inaugural flight and it was given the traditional welcome water gun salute by the airport.
The official reason for the stopping the flights was the “economy”. Curiously, KLM kept flying to the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean not too far from here. Why not Aruba? Short answer: politics. The current government seems to be friendlier [read: made concessions] in comparison to the previous one.
On a related note, there are rumors about other airlines expanding/starting service to Aruba. Local airport officials, together with local tourism officials are making continuous efforts to attract new airlines to Aruba.
Lastly, recently United Airlines and Continental Airlines announced a merger which is expected to be finalized later this year. What effects is this going to have to flights from Aruba? Currently Continental has a daily flight from Newark, New Jersey. United Airlines has a seasonal flight from Chicago and Washington DC. I don’t expect to see much change in after the merger is complete.