Air service to Aruba still aplenty

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Air Aruba's suspension of operations Oct. 23 did not leave the destination devoid of service from the U.S.

United Airlines launched seasonal weekend service from Chicago on Nov. 11, and US Airways introduced daily service from Philadelphia on Nov. 12.

Aruba is served by twice-daily flights on American from Miami, as well as service from New York and San Juan.

TWA has daily flights from Boston; New York (Kennedy); Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Los Angeles via San Juan.

Delta flies nonstop from Atlanta and will begin the same service from New York's Kennedy next month.

Continental has twice-weekly flights from Houston and will add four weekly flights from Newark on Dec. 14.

Air Aruba, owned in part (30%) by the Aruba government, insisted it has suspended service, not shut down.

However, it has no available aircraft because three of its leased planes were repossessed and three other aircraft are in need of maintenance.

Travelers booked on Air Aruba flights should call (201) 330-0800 for assistance.

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