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Divi Divi Air

Divi Divi Air N.V. is a small regional service airline based at Curaçao International Airport (Dutch Antilles) aka "Hato" airport. It was established in 2001 and in the area its nickname is "Divi". The airline is named after the Divi-divi tree which grows in the region of the Caribbean.
Divi Divi Air was founded on July 28th, 2000 and commenced operations in 2001 with a fleet of Britten-Norman BN-2P Islanders to Bonaire. For over 17 years Divi Divi Air has been a household name on the route between Curaçao and Bonaire. The locals on the islands characterize the airline by its small scale, personal attention and particularly high punctuality. Although the aviation company run by the Richie family has concentrated almost entirely on maintaining the route between Bonaire and Curaçao in the first 17 years, Aruba was added in February 2018. According to director Germaine Richie-Durand, the intention is to improve the connection between Bonaire and Aruba. "Divi wants to bring the population of the three islands closer together," says Richie-Durand. According to the Divi director, the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 ′Twin Otter′ will gradually be deployed more broadly on the routes of ABC islands.
Divi Divi Air began flights out of Curaçao to Aruba on February 15, 2018. This was followed by the launch of operations to Aruba out of Bonaire on February 17, 2018. The Curaçao airline operates the Curaçao-Aruba service at least two times daily, the Curaçao-Bonaire service approximately ten times daily, while the flights out of Bonaire to Aruba are scheduled as one time weekly. All flights will be operated with Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman Islander, as Divi Divi Air strives to be an efficient and reliable airline for all the travel needs of people traveling between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Island Hopping to Bonaire – Feb 2020

As a native Curacao born aviation photographer I have visited Curacao several times in the past for our annual summer holidays. This time I re-visited Curacao for a much needed winter break. During these past trips I usually took the opportunity to visit a nearby Island or country, such as Venezuela with Aeropostal Airlines, Santo Domingo with ALM Airlines and Aruba with Tiara Air. All these airlines are now gone into the history books. This time we decided to sample some flights with the local Divi Divi Air. One of their offices is located at the arrival terminal of Hato Airport. It was Sunday afternoon and decided to book some tickets to neighboring Bonaire ′Flamingo′ airport. We managed to book the outbound flight 3R-016 onboard a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander (ETD 10.00 local) and back to Curacao with 3R-219 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 ′Twin Otter′ arriving at 14.00 hours local for the next day. The check-in and boarding was all very relaxed, in fact on the flight to Bonaire we were the only two passengers onboard the Islander. This small twin-engine ′fixed gear′ airplane is a single pilot operation. Engine start and take-off was quickly done and before we knew it we were airborne above the dark blue Caribbean Sea. The flight to Bonaire is practically a straight line and takes about 30 minutes. We landed smoothly on runway 01-28 and taxied to the small terminal. We were the only inbound flight. After taking some pictures we were driven with ′golf cart′ to the terminal.

I decided not to hang around and check in for the return flight, while my friend was going to explore the Island. The ′Flamingo′ Bonaire Int. airport terminal is very small and is located next to the Island main city called Kralendijk. I checked in again and the custom office gave me an odd look and asked why I only was going to stay on the Island for 1,5 hours. The return flight landed on time and we walked from the little terminal in the tropical heat of 31 degrees Celsius to the aircraft. I introduced myself to the crew and asked if it was OK to take pictures. None of the passengers sat up front, so I settled in the RH forward seat. The Twin Otter has an open cockpit door and gave me an excellent view of both pilots during the flight. The flight was half full and the Twin Otter is a much more comfortable a⁄c than the Islander. We took off to the West and made a 180 turn north of the city and passed the coast for a direct flight back to Curacao. The Twin Otter is faster and the flight took about 24 minutes and we landed safely at Hato Airport, thus ending our little Island Hopping adventure.

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