ORLANDO, FL. – On Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6:27 p.m. Martinair returned to Orlando International Airport and Central Florida with new, non-stop service to Amsterdam and connections to 98 other worldwide destinations through its network using 767-300 aircraft with a 274 seat capacity.
The initial flight was greeted with a water salute by airport fire fighters.
To celebrate their first flight and in keeping with a 39-year tradition, 12 Red Cross families were on board with a total of 27 children. The group was part of a special joint children’s mission from the International Red Cross and the local Central Florida chapter of the American Red Cross for families with members experiencing a severe chronic illness. Many of them had never flown before.
Martinair Senior Vice President for Passenger Business, Joris Wels is welcomed by Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board Chairman Jeff Fuqua.
“Martinair’s return to Orlando is good news for Orlando International Airport and all of Central Florida. We are pleased that in light of the current economic climate that Martinair has decided it is a sound business decision to launch its service from our area which will benefit both the Netherlands and Central Florida,” says Jeff Fuqua, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Martinair begins operations with three flights per week from Orlando International to Amsterdam. The service has the potential for a $54 million annual economic impact to the region.
For more information contact Carolyn Fennell, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, at 407-825-2055 or Suzanne van de Velde, Martinair Holland N.V., at 00-31-20-6011799.
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