Winair, based in St Maarten, adds more flights to Saba and Statia

Caribbean carrier Winair is expanding its flights to a pair of small Dutch Caribbean islands: Saba and Statia.

From June 1, the St Maarten-based carrier will operate twice-daily flights to Saba and Statia.

The extended service will continue until at least August 31, according to Claudio Buncamper, director of marketing at Winair.

In September and October, the flight schedule will increase to five days with two flights – Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

This is the only way to get to the two islands, which do not receive international flights (Saba and Statia are part of the Netherlands).

The new Golden Rock complex in Statia.

“If the request requires additional flights, we can have them loaded,” he said.

Next season, the twice-daily service will resume.

Depending on demand, Winair could even increase up to three daily flights to the two islands, according to Buncamper.

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The bar and kitchen at the Queen’s Hotel in Saba.

It’s a big boost for the charming Dutch Caribbean islands; which take between 15 and 25 minutes from St Maarten.

The news comes as a major new ferry service has also just launched from St Maarten to Saba and Statia.

st martin statia ferry outside
The Makana Ferry.

Blues and Blues, based in Anguilla, now operates a 72ft catamaran fast ferry called Makana on the St Maarten-Saba-Statia triangle route.

Saba recently lifted all testing rules to the destination. Statia’s rules were also recently relaxed, although testing is still required for unvaccinated travelers and most unboosted travelers.

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