Cheap flights from Caribbean Netherlands

The Caribbean Netherlands refers to a group of three special municipalities or public bodies of the Netherlands that are located in the Caribbean Sea. The islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, which are also known as the BES Islands, currently make up the said group. The islands are classified as within the overseas countries and territories of the European Union, and do not form part of the union. 

Bonaire, including the islet of Klein Bonaire is located east of Aruba and Curacao, while the islands of Sint Eustatius and Saba are located south of Sint Maarten and northwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis. 

The islands gained their current status following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010. Previously, the BES Islands, along with Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten are joined to form the said group. In 2010 however, Curacao and Sint Maarten have become autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands while Aruba also got its autonomy away from its mother country.

All the special municipalities carry many of the functions normally performed by Dutch municipalities, although the islands – which are classified as public bodies – are unlike the normal municipalities. They do not form part of a Dutch Province, and the powers exercised by provincial councils within municipalities are divided between the island governments themselves and the central government by means of the National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands. Moreover, most Dutch laws applicable to the regular territories are created with special BES Islands version.  


Where to go

From the Caribbean Netherlands, travellers may explore local destinations and scenic spots which are telling of their location: the Caribbean. Forming the previous Netherlands Antilles, the BES Islands enjoy tropical climes, bluer than blue waters, and pristine white-sand beaches unlike any other. For travellers who want to explore the Caribbean Netherlands, they may opt to either travel through water or air from one island to another, particularly from Bonaire. Moreover, travellers may also explore the islands by going through the sparsely populated towns of Sint Eustatius and Saba. 


From the Caribbean Netherlands, travellers may check on short haul destinations and points of interest through the Flamingo International Airport. The Flamingo International Airport is located in Bonaire, and is served by various airlines including the Dutch Antilles Express, Insel Air, EZAir, and many others. Destinations include Atlanta, Houston, and Curacao in the ABC Islands, as well as Aruba. A handful of airlines such as Aerolineas Estelar, Surinam Airways, LASER Airlines, and Linea Turistica Aerotuy provide travellers with charter flights to Caracas and Paramarimbo.  


Long haul destinations can also be covered from the airport, although only a few flights are available. As provided by Arkefly and KLM (Royal Dutch Airways), travellers may fly to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands in mainland Europe. Seasonal charters also run from the airport, as provided by Air Berlin for travellers who wish to go to Dusseldorf, a city in Germany. Travellers who want to explore the rest of Europe may fly through these means, thereafter checking out other flights to bring them to key European cities. 


How to get out

To get out of the Caribbean Netherlands, travellers are advised to take flights from the Flamingo International Airport in Bonaire. The said airport provides and covers international routes via airlines such as EZAir, Insel Air, Dutch Antilles Express, Arkefly, Delta Airlines, KLM, and others. Travellers who meanwhile want to explore the Caribbean may also check out the other airports, such as the F.D. Roosevelt Airport in Sint Eustatius and the Juancho E. Yrasquin Airport in Saba. 

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