St. Maarten tourism officials explore possibilities with KLM

POSTED: 01/23/12 7:25 PM
Advisor to the Sint Maarten Cabinet of the Minister of Plenipotentiary Perry Geerlings, KLM’s Vice President Government and Industry Affairs Willem de Jonge, Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau May-Ling Chun, KLM Senior Network Planner for Central and South America Frits van Look and Regional Director Benelux Lydia Haveman stand together after their recent meeting. KLM Vice President Sales & Services Nederland Carl Schellema is not in the picture. (DCOMM Photo)

St. Maarten – Officials from Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) have a delegation of St. Maarten tourism officials that their fares to the island are expensive because of a lack of competition. The statement was in made in response to concerns from the St. Maarten delegation that tickets to other destinations in the region, Suriname and Brazil are cheaper than the tickets to St. Maarten and that people were choosing to fly to the Netherlands or to St. Maarten through the United States rather than directly because flying through the United States is cheaper.
The parties left the meeting with an agreement to work together on joint promotions, especially because the airline understands that the high fares make it difficult to promote the flight as an option to its European customers.

The St. Maarten delegation, which was headed by Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau May-Ling Chun, also requested that the airline set a later departure time from the Amsterdam to St. Maarten flight so people connecting from other European destinations can travel onwards on the same day they leave home. The current early morning departure (between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.) does not allow for same day connections.

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