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Thread: Another airline baggage question-CUR to BON

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    Default Another airline baggage question-CUR to BON

    We are flying American Miami to Curacao on Oct. 1, and but haven't booked CUR to BON yet.
    We'll have 2 checked bags with dive gear and 2 carryon backpacks with laptop and camera with housing, etc.
    How strict are Divi or Insel about carryon sizes?
    I would hate to check $10,000 worth of camera gear!
    Any suggestions?
    Also if bags don't make it on your flight does the airline deliver to your condo or do we have to pay a $cab$ just to pick up our late bags?

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    Smile Most of the time

    Please remember the planes can be as small as 10 passneger. You will be seperated from your gear at the counter. Insel and DAE have larger planes.
    I've never had to collect my gear at a later time, it usually makes it on the flight with it's owner.
    IF I had all that expensive gear I'd book a complete big plane ticket landing directly onto Bonaire. Please remember that includes Insel, Continental and Delta.
    By the way Welcome to Bonaire Talk!

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    One note of Caution, it is the Regatta in Bonaire from the 1st to 8th October. If you have not booked your Bon - Cur flights then you should book as soon as you can. Two years back we got flights from the UK to Bonaire and could only get a flight back via Curacao, no problem. Well with the Regatta we could not get a flight Bon - Cur for days either side of our travel date. We just managed to get a flight (last tickets) to Aruba and back to Curacao the next morning. LOTS of luggage did not make the flight as the planes were full. Luckily ours did, but when it is busy the operators are more strict on luggage and carry ons.
    Brian Lowe

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    I just booked our flights with DAE. Looks like they fly a bigger plane and have more generous carryon allowances. Our backpacks should be no problem.
    Thanks for the advice and tips, and for the welcome.
    We've talked about diving Bonaire for the last 30 years so it's about time to get there and have some fun!

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    Sorry to be the bearer of possibly bad news but recent news articles about DAE state that the airline is in financial trouble and will or already have filed bankruptcy. The information is diluted and somehat unclear but you should be on top of things and watch what is going on with the company.

    DAE Dutch Antilles Express faces bankruptcy today as the airline management failed to hand over a 1.5 million dollar bank guarantee. The Minister of Economical Development El Hakim is very concerned because the airline shall leave 250 employees, who did not received their salaries yet, unemployed behind. The Minister told that this event harms the image of Curaçao and promised to care for the employees' salaries. On Curaçao people expect that Insel Air (with a fleet of 8 aircraft) is able to take over the flights of DAE and that it shall take the lead in this region.

    Source: Amigoe (link):
    http://amigoe.com/index.php?option=c...=107:artikelen-curacao&Itemid=197)
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    R.A.

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    Hopefully ALM/Exel/DAE will rise from the ashes again and honour the tickets. Maybe ABC airlines next?
    Brian Lowe

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    on the moment DAE is doing fine..as it is Regatta the airlines will be doing their best -- many extra flights will be added to accomodate the volume of people coming to Bonaire-- take the West Indian motto ... "don't worry" ....

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    We have been using Divi CUR to/from BON after flying down on American. You do have to clear immigration, pick up your luggage, clear customs and take it to Divi so allow enough time (enough depends upon who lands and clogs up immigration in front of you but an hour absolute minimum). Each time Divi has been fine with us keeping our rollaboard suitcases and wheeling them out to the plane ourselves (larger gear bags are checked at the Divi counter). We take only the most core stuff (medicine, laptop) into the plane with us.

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    To avoid all possibilities of things going wrong you could try using the Red Carpet Treatment for Bonaire Talk Fans - Pick up at the Tunne upon arrival - No immigration or customs hasle and be on your way to Bonaire within +/-15 minutes - With $10.000 worth of equipment there is no doubt you can afford this treatment. Better yet gather 5 to 6 persons on the same flight and ask how it is done at info@flyuca.com - You will also save $.6 in Airport Tax. This service is available to all Bonaire Talk Fans.
    We know you have waited long enough for something good to happen - It just did.

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