The vacation giant Corendon recently announced an 87 million dollar investment in the Veneto Hotel (previously The Holiday Beach with 220 rooms). This hotel will be completely transformed into a five-star hotel with 800+ rooms. Corendon recently acquired the hotel together with the casino and the restaurant. The company also announced that the Livingstone Jan Thiel Hotel will be expanded from 204 rooms to 320 rooms.
As well, Corendon Dutch Airlines plans to station one 189 seat Boeing 737-800 in Curaçao over the winter of 2018/19 to boost services to the Caribbean and Brazil.
The Boeing 737-800 flies from Curaçao from mid-December to the islands of Aruba and Sint Maarten and to Sao Paulo in Brazil. Corendon Dutch Airlines does not sell tickets itself but carries out the flights on behalf of Curaçao-based Divi Divi Air.
Divi Divi Air itself does not have large aircraft. The twin-engine DHC-6 Twin Otter is the largest type in the fleet and can accommodate nineteen passengers.
In an earlier interview with the Dutch aviation website Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine, Corendon CEO Steven van der Heijden said that during the winter season Corendon is making part of its fleet available for charters or flights on behalf of third parties. Transavia and TUI also do the same during the generally quieter winter season. In the summer extra planes are leased to meet the larger demand in the Dutch high season.
Corendon is a Turkish / Dutch holding company specializing in flight vacations. The company was founded in 2000, and the head office is in Lijnden, The Netherlands. In 2017 it had revenues of 700 million euros.
Corendon Airlines flies to 43 countries and 190 airports, transporting approximately 3 million travelers annually. Its fleet consists of 1 Boeing 737-300 and 11 Boeing 737-800s.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.