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Dutch have eyes on Aruba - again. (Air Holland looking to acquire more securities of Air Aruba)

Amsterdam-Air Holland, the independent airline based at Schiphol Airport here, is eyeing Aruba, the former Dutch colony in the Lesser Antilles as a hub for services into both North and South America, according to John Block, who founded Air Holland in 1979 and now is its president and general manager.

I believe that the Caribbean will be one of our main destinations for the future. Without losing our position in Europe, our future could be focused very strongly on this area," Block told ATW.

Air Holland is a 20% shareholder in Air Aruba and has one seat on the board. Starting in the spring, it will operate a scheduled service to Aruba from Amsterdam, using a Boeing 767-200 painted in Air Aruba livery.

The Dutch airline has been operating package vacation flights there as well as to Barbados and the Dominican Republic. …

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