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Those of you that purchase your airline tickets on or after 1 October 2010, you will see a small increase in price.

The reason for this is that effect 1 October 2010 the Airport Departure tax WILL be included in the price of the ticket. YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY AT THE AIRPORT HERE ON BONAIRE. Those of you who have purchased tickets BEFORE this date and have flights on or after 1 October will still have to pay at the airport during the "transition" period. Please see the announcement below from Bonaire International Airport:

In order to comply with international standards as per IATA resolution in promoting transparent processes and in eliminating queuing, Bonaire International Airport (BIA) is glad to inform you that we have finalized the process with IATA to incorporate our Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), better known as the airport departure tax in the airline travel ticket and to have it collected by IATA on our behalf. The effective date is October 1, 2010. This means that as of that date our PFC will be included in all tickets purchased for travel on
or after October 1, 2010.

We will be honoring a transition period in which our Airport Tax Booth will remain open for sale of our PFC for passengers who do not yet have the PFC included in their travel ticket. This transition period will end around mid January 2011 but will be further extended to a later date if this becomes necessary. After this transition period all travel tickets shall include the PFC. The first billing & collection cycle will begin on 1
November 2010.

The following procedures are valid for aircraft operators that are affiliated with IATA. These will be effective

October 1, 2010. All other aircraft operators will eventually have a separate agreement with BIA.

This procedure will be in effect only during the transition period.
Passengers without PFC in their airline travel tickets (this can be verified at check-in) shall be directed to the Airport Tax Booth to pay the PFC.

For passengers who have the PFC included in their airline ticket, the airline or airline representative will need to confirm this in the reservation/check-in system at the check-in counter. The employee will provide each passenger with a completed form. The passenger shall present this form, together with their boarding pass and ID to the Document Control Security Officer at the screening point. The Security Officer will collect the form from the passenger.

If a passenger needs a receipt for the purchased PFC, it will either be the
passenger copy of the stub purchased at the tax booth or the receipt received at
ticket purchase.

Passengers, who have checked in via internet and who can show that their boarding pass indicates that the PFC is included in the airline ticket and have no checked bags, shall proceed to the airport tax booth to collect the form before entering the screening point. This is only valid during the transition period.

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