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Ramifications Aruba Tourism Growing, Airlines Returning

The continuing issues ravaging Aruba tourism

As of writing, there is still no end in sight for COVID-19. There is no perspective on reopening tourism and resuming tourism jobs. The devastation continues to reap havoc among the local population.

The Aruba Minister of Economy declared that 80% of Aruba’s economy has been wiped away. Nearly three-fifths of the tax revenue collapsed and nearly 70% is unemployed.

Even though bookings have started to trickle in, it won’t do much for the labor force right now. Hotels meanwhile, keep a minimal staff on hand for security, maintenance, and other construction work.

The special Coronavirus team established by Aruba’s Prime Minister (PM) is working on how to move forward with the reopening of schools and commerce locally.

Aruba is as of today virtually Coronavirus-free and restrictions on commerce are being lifted. This seems to be a trial run for when the borders finally reopen.

With only a few more weeks left of the current school year, school started to reopen slowly. Many parents indicated, however, that they won’t send their kids back to school.

Currently, the Red Cross and the local food bank are reporting an increase in assistance given.

Tourism Office Informs

Not all is lost at this point. Aruba’s tourism office (ATA) and Aruba airport are maintaining the lines of communication open with all international partners.

ATA organizes seminars (online) to inform all partners of the latest news regarding the local efforts to combat the pandemic. Additionally, the plans for the future.

Flights Announced

The local airport also maintains contact with the aviation partners. Airlines, in turn, announced the new schedule to Aruba. This is based on the demand airlines are seeing and expecting in the short term.

The United States government announced restrictions on flights from Asia and Europe to the US, but not from the Caribbean. These flights are able to go on as of writing.

New schedule

  • American Miami – Aruba – Miami: 1 daily flight (was multi-daily)
  • American Charlotte – Aruba – Miami: 1 daily flight (was multi-daily)
  • JetBlue Boston – Aruba – Boston: 7 weekly flights (was multi-daily)*
    Conflicting data from Aruba airport press-release.*
  • JetBlue New York (JFK) – Aruba – New York (JFK): 7 weekly flights (was multi-daily)*
    Conflicting data from Aruba airport press-release.*
  • Delta Atlanta – Aruba – Atlanta: 3 weekly flights (was multi-daily)
  • United flight New York (Newark) – Aruba – New York (Newark): 1 weekly flight (was multi-daily)
  • Air Canada Toronto – Aruba – Toronto: 1 weekly flight (was multi-weekly)
  • Westjet Toronto – Aruba – Toronto: 1 weekly flight (was multi-weekly)
  • Sunwing Toronto – Aruba – Toronto: 1 weekly flight (was multi-weekly)
  • Aruba Airlines Aruba – Curaçao – Aruba: 1 daily flight

A quick search today for prices of flights in the first week of July 2020 yields the following results for round-trip flights:

  • American flight Miami – Aruba $244,-
  • American flight Charlotte – Aruba $873,-*
  • JetBlue flight Boston – Aruba $409,-
  • JetBlue flight New York – Aruba $343,-
  • Delta flight Atlanta – Aruba $545,-*
  • United flight New York – Aruba $356,-
  • Air Canada flight Toronto – Aruba $377,-
  • Westjet flight Toronto – Aruba $261,-
  • Sunwing flight Toronto – Aruba $845,-*

These are regular pre-corona prices, probably the system isn’t updated yet.*

Absent Flights and Routes

It goes without saying that the frequency is way down. Some routes and airlines are also missing. At least initially.

The biggest absent airline is Southwest Airlines. They don’t appear to have anything scheduled for the remainder of 2020 to Aruba.

Cities missing from Aruba initially are Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

The Coronavirus in Aruba is an ongoing event, the information is fluid. For the latest, please leave a comment below or use one of the following:

By Gabriel

Informing travelers about Aruba since 2007, and trying to provide value to Aruba visitors.

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