Two chartered airplanes fly patients to Colombia


Patients boarding one of the aircraft chartered by Health Insurance Department ZVK to fly them to Colombia.


ST. EUSTATIUS–Two Colombian airplanes, chartered by Health Insurance Department ZVK, arrived at F.D. Roosevelt Airport Sunday to transport patients from St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire to Colombia for medical treatment.

  Passengers from elsewhere arrived on Statia on board a Winair aircraft, while the two Colombian planes were on the ground.

  The first flight had 12 patients on board and the second flight counted five. The two aircraft travelled to St. Maarten for refuelling before taking off for Bonaire and then onward to Colombia.

  ZVK personnel were at Statia’s Airport to ensure that patients boarded the correct plane.

  Speaking with some relatives of patients at the Airport, they said they were “very happy” with this arrangement for their relatives to travel to Colombia, as the waiting time for travels between the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands and Columbia will be cut down dramatically.

  Airport Manager Ellis Schmidt was at the Airport to ensure that the on-ground handling of the aircraft ran smoothly.

Source: The Daily Herald