InselAir signs pension agreement for its employees
Willemstad, Curacao - Today, Friday, January 25, the Management of InselAir signed a pension agreement with Vida Nova. This means that from January 2013 all 360 employees of InselAir automatically will build up a pension through their employer. This initiative of InselAir is a pro-active step in anticipation of the compulsory pension scheme that will apply for all companies on Curacao as of January 1st 2014.
Taking care of the social welfare of employees
InselAir finds the social welfare of its employees important and therefore all employees already in 2013 will participate in the company’s pension plan which is managed by Vida Nova. "Every, self-respecting company, has the responsibility to properly care for its employees," said Charley de Meza, Chief Financial Officer of InselAir. "A pension plan is one of the many steps InselAir is undertaking to guarantee its employees a safe and secure future." The monthly pension contribution will partly being paid by the workers themselves and partly by InselAir.
Retirement of employees in safe hands
In Vida Nova InselAir finds an experienced and professional partner where the pension of its employees will be in safe hands. Vida Nova, since 1968, manages pensions of various companies on Curacao, Sint Maarten and the BESislands and many elderly enjoy, through Vida Nova, daily from a well-regulated and well deserved pension.
Signing pension agreement: InselAir: Left, Dhr. Charley de Meza (Chief Financial Officer).
Vida Nova: Right, Dhr. Wilfred Curiel (Board Member) & Dhr. Humberto D’Abreu de Paulo
(Board Member). Background: Management Vida Nova: Rafael Pichardo (Executive Director),
Suniel Nandpersad (Operation Manager) & Luigino Samson (Collaborator Pensions).
Management InselAir: Albert Kluyver (Chief Executive Officer), Edward Heerenveen (Chief
General & International Affairs), Jurgen Lippinkhof (Chief Commercial Officer), Robert Page
(Chief Operations Officer) & Ivo Oduber (Chief Maintenance Officer)
Miami, Florida (January 21, 2013) - A coalition of aviation groups comprising the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the Curacao Airline Association (CAA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reiterated their concerns over the significant increases in landing fees and passenger facility charges imposed on passengers and airlines operating to Curacao, potentially impacting tourism demand.
In a meeting with the Honorable Earl Balborda, Curacao Minister of Transportation, the coalition noted that the increases, which were imposed by Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) on only three days’ notice and without any prior consultation or transparency, represent a significant additional cost burden to airlines and passengers visiting the country, while significant funds previously paid by airlines and passengers remain unused in the hands of Curacao Airport Holding and dividends are being paid to CAP’s owners.CAA airline members have opposed the increased in airport and/or navigation charges imposed by the CAP for their lack of transparency, since the building of the new terminal. These charges in fact have at times even doubled, which signals a disregard for international regulations and recommendations. The airlines do not perceive a return on quality or quantity as a result of these increments.
The coalition urged the Government of Curacao to work with the aviation sector to find other solutions that will reduce the overall cost of enplanement for operations in Curacao, make necessary improvements to the infrastructure and introduce truly independent oversight of charges and infrastructure.
Alex de Gunten, ALTA´s Executive Director, stated, “We are appreciative of the authorities´ efforts to listen to our point of view as an industry and thank Minister Balborda for his attention and responsiveness. Air transport and Tourism go hand in hand. We need to be aware of the ramifications of any initiative that involves greater expense for tourists to prevent a backlash that may be detrimental for the industry and the local economy.”
Patricio Sepulveda, IATA Regional VP, Latin America/Caribbean said, “The aviation sector contributes $2.5 billion to GDP in the Caribbean region and supports 112,000 jobs. If we add in the catalytic effects of tourism, the figure rises to more than $15 billion and 845,000 additional jobs. Tourism is vital to Curacao’s economy and all stakeholders need to work together to ensure aviation can continue to play a vital role in the country’s economy.”
Germaine Richie, President of the Curacao Airline Association, added, “At a time of global economic crisis, when every country needs to find creative ways to stimulate their economy, not only is Curacao´s one of the most expensive airports to operate, but we are downgraded to CAT II by the FAA for not having followed rules and regulations, which continues to be the case even after the downgrading, yet we want to promote Curacao as an airport hub in the region. We need to halt this way of proceeding so as to bring transparency and due process in our negotiations with all the stakeholders involved.”
About the Curaçao Airlines Association: The Curaçao Airlines Association was founded on November 20, 2003 and is an institution of which all airlines, ground handlers, aviation support and many other companies with commercial interests in the Curaçao International Airport are members. At present there are 42 members. The CAA defends the common objectives of their members, but also wishes to support the Curaçao community by supporting the economic expansion like tourism and maintain ties with the international civil aviation industry. The CAA also promotes reliability in all sectors related to aviation. There are regular meetings with stake holders and members in which the social side is also taken into consideration.
About IATA: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 240 airlines or 84% of total air traffic.
About ALTA: ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) is a private, non-profit organization, whose member airlines represent more than 90 percent of the region's commercial air traffic. ALTA coordinates the collaborative efforts of its members in order to facilitate the development of safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region for the mutual benefit of the association's members, their customers and the industry.Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 21:07
Bula, baila i gosa (jump, dance and enjoy) with InselAir
Willemstad, Curacao - If it is up to Curacao’s largest airline, all streets of Curacao will be transformed into the colors of the logo of the national carrier, yellow, red and blue. This year, during Carnival, InselAir organizes lots of activities and will distribute various promotional items to the public. InselAir also introduces a new Carnival phenomenon: the InselAir Carnival Dress, of which a total of 1500 will be distributed.
InselAir's Promo Crew will be handing out many promotional items on all major Carnival events such as hand fans, sunglasses and maracas. Karnavalistas can participate in the InselAir Ticket Raffle, where they can win a ticket to one of the 16 InselAir destinations or an InselAir Carnival Package containing various InselAir Carnival goodies (such as a dress, T-shirt, hand fan, sunglasses and maracas). The famous "Take a Seat" photo booth can also be found during Carnival: party people can have themselves photographed on airplane seats and the photo with the most "likes" on InselAir’s Facebook will be rewarded with a ticket. Among the Carnival crowd, like last year, a large number of people from the surrounding islands have traveled with InselAir to Curacao for the festivities.
InselAir Carnival Dress
Through various channels, such as the InselAir ticket offices, via a radio campaign and Facebook, as of January 15, ladies can win the InselAir Carnival Dress. As of today, January 11, a cheerful, animated commercial will be shown on television in which Curacao and its people will be 'transformed' by the InselAir logo.Edward Heerenveen, Chief International and General Affairs of InselAir, says: "Like everyone else on Curaçao, InselAir is excited about the upcoming Carnival. We love our festival and are happy to contribute to the enjoyment of everyone. Our InselAir stand this year will be even bigger than last year and again a lot of activities will take place during the various parades. We are very excited that we can offer the, specially designed for Carnival, InselAir Dress to all the ladies of our island. ", said Heerenveen.
In the newspapers, on Facebook and on www.fly-inselair.com all activities, locations and times will be announced. In total, InselAir will distribute over 17,000 Carnival goodies that will add to the experience of Carnival. "Bula, baila i gosa InselAir ku" is a great success!
Surinam Airways( SLM) and InselAir are partnered by a so-called code-share agreement thus offering more destinations to the passenger.
Through this agreement the passengers are more protected in case of delays or other industry-related problems because the responsibility for the passengers is automatically guaranteed. The partnership will create the possibility to travel 9 times per week to Curacao, Miami or the more than 20 shared destinations in the region. The code-share agreement further ensures that a passenger from InselAir but transported by Surinam Airways has the same rights and protection as is usual in InselAir and vice versa.
Since August 2007 there is a cooperation between SLM and InselAir which was very successful and had good results. There for it was decided to expand this cooperation by signing this code-share agreement. The code-share agreement was possible because both companies are IOSA certificated which means that they have successfully gone through and are certified for the IATA Operational Safety Audit. Without the IOSA certification this code-share agreement or even an Interline agreement would almost be impossible in the current international aviation world, because of the stringent requirements that IOSA uses by measuring the service to the passenger, flight safety, trainings and the operations of the airline.
The code-share agreement was recently signed on July 12, 2012 by the CEO of Surinam Airways Mr. Ewald Henshuys and CEO of InselAir Mr. Albert Kluyver.
" This agreement offers our passengers greater choice by a large increase in the frequencies between the different destinations while in the foreseeable future the number of joint destinations will be expanded, "said the CEO of Surinam Airways Mr Ewald Henshuys.
Albert Kluyver, CEO of InselAir says:” The agreement is an important step forward for Inselair. We have been consciously working in recent years to build a company that has an important role in the international aviation. The policy of Inselair has therefore always been geared to meet the highest applicable international standards within the industry and InselAir was successful in reaching this. The new code-share agreement is a consequence thereof, and we are confident that it will be a success. "Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 18:09
InselAir joins ALTA as IOSA certified airline
InselAir successfully reached the industries highest standard in safety, the IOSA certification. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA's quality audit principles are designed to conduct audits in a standardized manner.Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2011 14:19 Read more...