Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher has announced a special commercial and repatriation WINAIR flight to service the St. Maarten-Curacao and Curacao-St. Maarten routes three times this week.
The once-a-day, round-trip flights will take place on Thursday, October 5, Saturday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 10. The maximum number of passengers on the SXM-CUR route will be 130 and CUR-SXM will be 145. WINAIR will utilize PAWA Dominicana aircraft via its wet lease agreement with that company.
The Minister stressed that the flights are designated as special commercial flights, so there will be a nominal fee that the passenger will have to pay. The flights are primarily meant to repatriate St. Maarten residents who hold a Dutch passport or valid residence permits. French nationals and/or French residents with valid documentation can also travel from Curacao to St. Maarten.
The Minister expressed her thanks to WINAIR for working with government to get the flights done for this week. She explained that the flights will be for one week only and revisited after the final flight next Tuesday.
She also said persons stuck in the US, for example, can book and to make their way to Curacao if they can to make their way home. “We realise that some may not be able to do so because of possible financial impediments, but until our airport is ready to accept full commercial flights, this is what we can do for now to get some of our folks home,” the Minister explained.
The Minister said WINAIR will be releasing information about booking on the three flights. Interested passengers should contact WINAIR.