Airport Recommends 3 Hours Check-in Time For US Flights

Aruba’s airport eliminates the passenger flow control system at check-in for US bound passengers.

US bound passengers are not required to follow the color codes for groups set by the Airport passenger flow control as of September 13, 2022.

The passenger flow control system was introduced on June 24, 2022.

It grouped the US bound passengers into 4 color groups, and only allowing access to the US check-in terminal based on scheduled airline departure times.

Now that the passenger flow control is no longer in effect, all US flights will be operating without further access restrictions to process passengers check-in at the US check in terminal. 

All passengers that are traveling back to the US are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their scheduled departure time.

Traveller’s to other destinations are required to be at the airport 2 hours before.

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Aruba’s Reina Beatrix International Airport.

Note that the ED (electronic disembarkation) card system will not show these new requirements.

This means passengers will not receive notifications regarding time frames of checking in as of September 13, 2022. 

Passenger flow system could be resumed when Aruba enters its peak travel season for US travellers, at the end of this year during the winter season. 

Aruba’s airport is continually striving to improve the check-in passenger flow.

Champions Sports Bar at Marriott Closed After 22 Years

Champions, the popular sports bar and restaurant in Marriott Ocean Club Aruba closes after 22 years of serving one of the best food and beverages on the island.

A letter from General Manager of Marriott Ocean Club (Pedro Vargas) announcing the closing of Champions, shared to owners and guests of the resort. With mixed feelings the general manager shared that September 15, 2022 marks the last day of operation for Champions sports bar since opening its doors in 2000.

Champions sports bar and restaurant in Aruba.

Although this will be the final day of service for Champions, it’s also going to make way for a new and exciting food and beverage experience in this same spot. 

Renovation and rebranding of a new food and beverage outlet has started since September 16, 2022 and construction works will be ongoing for a several weeks. 

Marriott Aruba is a hotel that is constantly evolving and looking for new ways to improve its products and services, in order to provide its owners and guests with the best possible vacation experience. 

The new dining concept that will replace Champions sports bar will be on a higher level in the current food and beverage service offerings known by Aruba Marriott. 

All associates of the Champions sports bar will continue to provide their usual excellent service at the new restaurant by Marriott Aruba. 

The new food and beverage spot will be unveiled soon, according to the General Manager.

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Bon Bini Festival is Back, Bigger and Better!

One of the islands festival known as one of the best weekly events to get to know the culture and traditions of Aruba is back! 

After almost two years of inactivity, mainly due to the pandemic, the Bon Bini festival is back on the island.

Bon Bini Festival has over 30 years of entertaining and educating visitors on the history and culture of Aruba.

The word “Bon Bini” means welcome in Papiamento (local language in Aruba) and this festival does exactly that! Visiting the Bon Bini Festival will make you feel at home in Aruba. 

The festival is composed of experiences that immerses guests into the Aruban folklore and culture.

A local show for Dera Gai tradition in Aruba, at Bon Bini Festival.

The first edition of Bon Bini Festival will be on September 20 + 27, 2022.

As usual, the Bon Bini Festival will be held every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman. 

Location of the festival is inside of the Aruba’s History Museum, better known as Fort Zoutman, in downtown Oranjestad.

There’s plenty of opportunity to meet locals, experience the folkloric Aruban music, dance, and cultural traditions. The festival also offers authentic local cuisines, also arts and crafts made locally on the island. 

Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM.

What can you expect from the Bon Bini Festival?

A great introduction to Aruba regarding its culture and traditions. 

Musical groups. Dancing groups. Local food. Great bar, and live shows! 

Entrance to the Bon Bini Festival is $15.00

Ling & Sons Now Has Own Bakery By Hendrickx The Baker

Ling & Sons now has its own bakery department and a new banquet assortiment by Hendrickx the baker, a popular Belgian bread crafter brand.

The supermarket recently added the Hendrickx Baker concept to its new bakery department and plans to serve quality breads and banquet items from Europe.

Hendrickx the Baker was personally in Aruba with his team from Netherlands, Belgium and France. The team took part in setting up the bakery and training staff how to bake the Hendrickx banquet items in stone ovens.

The new line of banquet products includes breads, croissants, pastries, homemade Belgian chocolates, cakes and other baked goods.

he official opening of the bakery was held on September 10, 2022.

Ling and Sons is a well known supermarket in Aruba where visitors and locals go to shop, because it is close to the hotel area and they carry a lot of American brand products and Dutch Products.

Come and taste what the new bakery at Ling & Sons has to offer!

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