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Netherlands’ Overseas Territories Experience 60% Increase in Air Traffic in 2021

Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba airports registered more than 290,000 passengers in 2021 – about 60 percent more than the previous year and 36 percent less than in 2019 when coronavirus restrictions were not imposed.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), 17.4 percent of air traffic was observed at the three airports, while the number of arrivals and departures increased by more than 38 percent, although in third place it is below 2019 levels, reports.

Such statistics show that air traffic in these areas is approaching pre-pandemic levels with 39,700 arrivals recorded in 2021, 4.2 percent lower than in 2019 when 41,400 passengers arrived in those areas.

In addition, air traffic to and from the Caribbean Netherlands was significantly higher than in 2020, when fewer than 30,000 arrivals were registered in total and relatively lower than in 2019. However, the busiest month was December, 320,000 arrivals were reached in Bonaire, 120,000 in Saint Eustatius and 100,000 in Saba.

CBS data further shows that Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport saw the most travel activity – 90 percent of all passengers in the Netherlands’ Caribbean reached the destination via this airport. The busiest months for air traffic were July through December. During these months, Bonaire received more than 73 percent of all passengers carried, while St Eustatius and Saba received 60 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

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In 2020 and 2021, Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport was the fourth largest in the Netherlands by air traffic, after Amsterdam Schiphol, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and The Hague, all of which are on the mainland, where there is more traffic and stops. Happen or occur.

In addition, the Flamingo Airport in Bonaire in general recorded the largest number of air traffic movements. Over the past two years, nearly 60 percent of all flights to and from the Dutch Caribbean islands went through Bonaire, annual data shows. Of the other flights in this period, 24 percent were to and from F.D. Airport. Roosevelt is in St. Eustatius and the rest is less than 16 percent to and from Guancho y Yeroskin Airport in Saba.

With no travel restrictions imposed in July of 2020 to the Caribbean in the Netherlands, Bonaire received the largest destination for international flights after mid-May of this year, when coronavirus measures were eased. In the second half of 2021, more than 640,000 flights arrived in Bonaire, which is an 80 percent increase compared to the second half of 2020. However, the largest increase in Saba with 1.9 thousand flights occurred in the second half of 2021 , showing an increase of 114 per cent and representing 1,000 more flights than in 2020.

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