Saba and St. Eustatius jointly request direct service

POSTED: 01/23/12 7:58 PM

St. Maarten – Commissioners Chris Johnson (Saba) and Clyde van Putten (Statia) jointly requested a direct service between Saba and St. Eustatius during a meeting with the management of Windward Islands Airways International N.V. (WINAIR) recently. The potential flight route could be St. Maarten (SXM) – Saba (SAB) – Statia (EUX) – St. Maarten and SXM – EUX – SAB – SXM with flights crossing each other in the SAB/EUX passage.

The two Commissioners believe that setting up the direct flights between them is more financially feasible than shuttling people to St. Maarten before taking them on to the other island. It will also save residents, business people and government officials travel time.
The request for direct flights between the two islands is backed by Siebert van Dam of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) who projected that officials from the Dutch government and from Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will buy 3,000 tickets annually as they move through the different islands.

Johnson has also requested that Winair have one of its Twin Otters overnight in Saba. The airline began that practice in St. Eustatius last month.
Winair’s management noted the requests and pledged to send each island transparent cost calculations for the requested services and a proposed schedule.

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