Insel Air stresses St. Maarten’s importance at Colombia launch

POSTED: 04/19/11 11:21 AM

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – The International and Marketing Affairs Manager for Insel Air Edward Heerenveen has stressed the importance of St. Maarten yet again. This time he was speaking at the launch of the airline’s new service to Medillin, Colombia and put the compliment in the context of the airline’s ability to offer “seamless connections.”

“Travel must be seamless or else people will not fly. No one wants to sit at an airport not knowing when they are leaving,” Heerenveen said.

Insel currently has flights to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico from St. Maarten. Heerenveen is hoping they’ll announce more routes from and including St. Maarten. He believes it will be because of the airline’s business model.

“Today we have twelve destinations and plan to have our thirteenth with Charlotte in North Carolina on June 22. I am proud and happy of our achievements over these years. Many persons have tried this but we have proven that an airline from Curacao could be feasible for the Dutch Caribbean as long as it has strong management and wise guidance along with the support of the people of the islands,” Heerenveen said.

The route to Colombia, which comes roughly four and a half years after the airline operated its first flight, is being flown with MD-80 jet aircraft.

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