Caribbean non-stop:airberlin flying to Curacao for two years

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Caribbean non-stop:airberlin flying to Curacao for two years

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Caribbean non-stop: airberlin has been flying to Curacao for two years
Vicky Karantzavelou
22 November 2013

Since the connection to Curacao started, Curacao's Tourist Board has been seeing increasing numbers of visitors from Germany.

For two years, airberlin has been the only airline to fly without a stopover from Germany to the Caribbean island of Curacao. airberlin started the connection from Dusseldorf in November 2011 and since then has been taking travellers once a week every Tuesday on an Airbus A330-200 to the island off the coast of Venezuela. Curacao is particularly popular with travellers to the Caribbean, owing to its long sandy beaches and unspoilt dive sites.

"The long-haul connection from our hub in Dusseldorf to Curacao is very well linked to airberlin's European route network. We offer our flight guests feeder flights from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy. The connection is particularly popular with guests from the Netherlands thanks to Dusseldorf airport's great links and proximity to the border," stated Detlef Altmann, Senior Vice President Sales Touristic Services at airberlin.

Since the connection to Curacao started, Curacao's Tourist Board has been seeing increasing numbers of visitors from Germany. Edward Suares, Marketing Director Europe Curacao Tourist Board, states: "For over ten years, Curacao has been actively engaging with the German market and the numbers of visitors have continued to grow ever since. Before we had the direct connection from Dusseldorf, around 8,000 German-speaking visitors came each year. airberlin's non-stop flight has ensured an explosive growth in the German market. This year we are expecting to exceed 20,000 guests from Germany".

airberlin offers connecting flights from Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart. Copenhagen, Milan, Vienna and Zurich airports are also ideally connected to the non-stop flight to Curacao via Dusseldorf.

airberlin is one of the leading airlines in Europe and flies to 151 destinations worldwide. The second largest airline in Germany carried more than 33 million passengers in 2012. airberlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21% share in airberlin, and through membership of the oneworld airline alliance. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 16 airlines. The fleet has an average age of five years and is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe.

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