Curacao flag carrier launches new Miami flights

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Almost a year after securing regulatory approval to launch flights to the USA, Curacao's flag carrier Insel Air plans to launch service from the island to Miami on 21 November.

Through November Insel Air plans to offer three weekly flights to its first US destination, increasing its weekly frequencies to four in December. The airline plans to operate 152-passenger McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft on its US flights.

Insel Air joins other US network carriers offering flights to the island, according to the Curacao Tourism Board, including the resumption of a single weekly flight by Continental Airlines on 20 December. Delta on 15 November resumed a single weekly flight while Air Jamaica flies to the island four times per week from Baltimore, Philadelphia and JFK. American offers daily flights to Curacao from Miami.

Privately-owned Insel Air launched operations in the summer of 2006 with a single 19-seat Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprop, and currently flies to nine destinations: Aruba, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Suriname, Valencia, Santo Domingo, Barquismeto, Las Piedras and Haiti.