Flights To Bonaire
When looking for flights to Bonaire you may find it interesting (we did), and even problematic, that the flights to Bonaire only fly once a week, and mostly on the weekends.
And until that changes, you need to plan your trip in week long increments, one week or two weeks, or more. Plan on coming and going on a weekend. And at least from the states, plan on arriving via a red eye.
Fortunately the entire island is prepared to have you arrive at 5 a.m., the rental car companies are open, the taxis are available, and most of the accommodations are ready to receive you bright and early. And then they take a nap!
And yep, you must fly to Bonaire, because there are no ferries from either the mainland or from neighboring islands.
Flights To Bonaire from the U.S.
Currently you can fly directly to Bonaire from Houston, Newark, Atlanta, and Miami.
The airlines that fly from the U.S. are:
- Continental - out of Houston & Newark
- Delta - out of Atlanta
- Insel Air - out of Miami
Flights to Bonaire from Holland
KLM is the dominant airline from Holland directly from Amsterdam. The days and times of their flights change regularly.
Getting Good Prices on Flights to Bonaire
Flights to Bonaire vary, so start your search on Expedia.com and get a sense of how to fly to Bonaire from your destination (and find prices). We also compare shop on the airline websites themselves.
You will be flying in to Flamingo Airport, Bonaire's international airport.
How Soon To Arrive Before Boarding?
The airport in Bonaire is pretty small. And so you might think you don't need to show up very early for your flight home. But that is not the case. The airport is so small that the same people who check you in to your flight are going to be the same people who receive the plane you will probably be getting on. And often there is only one person checking in the entire plane. So you will most likely need to arrive at least two hours before your scheduled boarding time, and plan on standing in line for awhile.
Airport Departure Tax
It used to be that when leaving Bonaire you had to pay an airport departure tax at a little booth in the airport. But starting in 2010 the tax is now included in your travel ticket price. It is more convient, but you still have to pay it (we paid $35 each).
After waiting in line and getting your bags checked, you go through security and customs before entering a nice air-conditioned waiting area before boarding. There are some concession stands, food and duty free goods available in the waiting area.
And don't forget, while you have been toasty hot in Bonaire, the plane is likely going to be cold, so bring or wear some warmer clothes on board.
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