Corendon Dutch Airlines’ inaugural flight from Schiphol Airport to Hato Airport in Curaçao took off Friday.
At the gate at Schiphol Airport, passengers were festively received and welcomed by CEO Steven van der Heijden and founder Atilay Uslu. The Airbus A350 will be welcomed later at Curaçao Airport with a water salute and live music, among other things.
Atilay Uslu, the founder of Corendon, is on board and speaks of a ´historic flight´.
´This is a moment we have long looked forward to and it is great to see that our efforts and dedication are paying off. Curaçao is a wonderful destination and we are proud to offer our passengers the opportunity to now discover this beautiful island with our flights.´
The launch of the direct route to Curaçao underscores Corendon’s commitment to expanding its network on the island, the tour operator said.
Curaçao Minister of Economic Development Ruisandro Cijntje, who also attended the departure, spoke of a “momentous day for Curaçao.
Corendon now flies three times a week between Amsterdam and Curaçao, where they can enjoy beautiful beaches, vibrant culture and the island’s hospitality. Starting December 15, the number of flights will be increased to five times a week.
Photo: Steven van der Heijden and Atilay Uslu.
´We are determined to strengthen our position as a leading player in the Dutch travel industry and will continue to invest in new routes and destinations to meet the needs of our passengers,´ said CEO Steven van der Heijden.
Corendon operates flights to and from Curaçao using a modern Airbus 350-900 from Spanish company World2Fly. There is onboard entertainment and Wi-Fi service for a fee. There is also an Only Adult zone at the front of the plane where only passengers 16 and older can reserve a seat.
TravMagazine is along for the first flight and will report.
Photo: At the departure of the first flight to Curaçao (flnr): Steven van der Heijden (CEO of Corendon), Ruisandro Cijntje (Minister of Economic Development of Curaçao) and Corendon founder Atilay Uslu. (Photo Corendon).