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The Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire.

United Is Adding More Nonstop Flights to This Caribbean Island

By: Alexander Britell - August 17, 2023

United Airlines is expanding its footprint in the increasingly popular Dutch Caribbean, Caribbean Journal has learned.

The carrier has announced plans to add two more weekly flights between New York-Newark and the island of Bonaire for the upcoming season.

Right now, United offers once-weekly flights from both Houston and New York-Newark to Bonaire.

This winter, United will be expanding to three weekly flights between Newark and Bonaire to help meet increased demand from American travelers.

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The Moon Tower vacation villa in Bonaire.

The expanded service will mean roundtrip flights on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Newark and Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport.

“We are ecstatic to be working with United Airlines to bring two new weekly flights to the island this upcoming winter,” said Miles Mercera, CEO at Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “It’s a testament to our growing reputation among US travelers and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors, both old and new, to beautiful Bonaire and everything it offers.”  

La Casa del Habano in Bonaire, part of an increasingly hip watertfront area in downtown Kralendijk.

The expanded service will kick off on Jan. 10, 2024, operating through April 24.

That will mean a total of 61 roundtrips between the US and Bonaire in the period.

“United is proud to continue to grow its Caribbean presence as part of our broader, industry-leading international expansion,” said Matt Stevens, Vice President of International Planning at United. “These additional flights provide our customers with even more options to travel to Bonaire and help position United as the airline of choice for customers planning their leisure travel.”

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The Brass Boer restaurant in Bonaire.

It’s another boost for an increasingly popular island, with more and more travelers drawn to Bonaire’s unique mix of underwater scenery, boutique and medium-sized resorts and what is one of the Caribbean’s most exciting culinary scenes. (That includes the number one-ranked restaurant in the Caribbean, the Brass Boer at the Delfins Beach Resort).

“More flights mean more visitors to share our unique culture, spectacular natural setting, warm weather, and fantastic culinary scene with,” said Jolinda Craane, Commissioner of Tourism of Bonaire. “We hope these additional flights will help us showcase our diverse and sustainably committed island as well as continue to build upon our important relationship with North America.”

For more, visit Bonaire.

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