ORANJESTAD (June 9, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.
This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.
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NY To Aruba With American Airlines
American Airlines expanded its footprint to Aruba this week with the inauguration of new flights to the island from LaGuardia airport in New-York.
The flights are scheduled to depart every Saturday.
A total of 160 seats are open, including 16 first class seats and 144 seats in the main cabin.
American Airlines has a strong presence in the Caribbean region with over 900 weekly flights to 38 destinations. They currently service Aruba from different international gates including: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Miami, New-York and temporary flights from Chicago.
New York has a lot of residents that love to travel to the Caribbean, especially Aruba.
Update on Aruba Airport Expansion Project
The expansion of Aruba’s airport is becoming a reality as the design and tender documents are finalized, including the prequalification for the contract bids for the main terminal construction.
At the moment, the works are being prepared to expand the airport. After this is completed, the remaining planning process will be executed and contractors will move into full construction mode.
Five companies are currently in a prequalification process to be selected to reconstruct the main building, expanding the terminal and roadways, construct additional parking spaces, and other upgrades.
The airport expansion project is better known as Gateway 2030. It’s a renovation and expansion of Aruba’s 34.000 m2 terminal with an estimated construction time of 4 years.
This expansion is needed to provide the capacity and service upgrades required for the amount of passengers who use the islands airport. At the moment nearly 2 million visitors are using Aruba’s airport every year and the amount of visitors is projected to grow in the near future.
Here’s a list of companies participating in the pre qualifications to execute the construction:
- Aecon Group Inc
- Ballast Nedam International Projects B.V.
- Bam International B.V.
- Bouygues Batiment International
- Tav Tepe Akfen Construction & Operation Co.
Coastal Clean Up in Aruba
For almost two decades, Aruba Tourism & Hotel Authority organize coastal cleanups around the island.
This year is no different.
More than 900 people participated in this beach clean up, included schools, hotel staff, organizations, local residents and visitors.
This years coastal clean up is the 18th edition. And a total of 14 beach areas received a beautification upgrade.
Here’s a list of beach areas that were cleaned during this day:
- Santana di Cacho
- Roger’s Beach
- Bachelor’s Beach
- Plastic Beach
- Rincon banda di Rancho,
- Boca Putri
- Eagle Beach
- Fisherman Huts
- Tres Trapi
- Boca Catalina
- California Dunes
- The bays behind Alto Vista Chapel
Hoteliers Pass Screening For Baby Beach Hotel
After the company that is interested in developing a hotel in San Nicolas passed their screening by the department of national security in Aruba, they reach closer to starting construction.
Tourism minister confirmed that three rivers real estate passed the screening necessary required by investors before any further developments.
The reality comes closer that Baby beach and the entire San Nicolas community will get a hotel to call its own. Further information will be released at a later time.
Pride Month At Marriott
June 1, 2019 marks the 50th year anniversary for pride month!
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino eagerly join the celebration by lighting up the entrance to their resort with the colors representing the Pride Flag.
The aim of lighting their entrance up with colors of the pride rainbow flag is to promote diversity and inclusion among guests and associates. And also to support the LGBTQ community and drive awareness that Marriott resorts are LGBTQ friendly.
Marriott International will hold a “Queer Me Out” speaker series at six destinations worldwide this year to speak about important issues within the community.
The entrance at Marriott will be lit throughout the month of June.
Aruba Extends Closing Frontier Venezuela
A month ago, the prime minister of Aruba decided to close the frontier between the island and Venezuela.
Now the frontier remains closed for at least 3 months more, this was announced by the Government.
Due to the current situation in Venezuela, the prime minister made the decision to close the border to stop immigration to Aruba.
No airplane or ships are allowed from Venezuela to Aruba. This also counts for Curacao, Bonaire and Brazil.
Aruba Summer Music Festival
Summer time is just around the corner, and one of the islands hottest music festivals is getting closer.
This year is going to be the 5th edition of Aruba’s Summer Music Festival.
It’s the largest festival in Aruba featuring Latin artists.
Who’s performing this year?
- Silvestre Dangond
- Manuel Turizo
- Ala Jaza
Local Bands: Solo Banda Show & D-Licious
Aruba Summer Music Festival takes place 28 – 29 June, 2019.
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