Arkefly will not be allowed to make flights between Eindhoven and Aruba and Curacao. The government wants flights with increased risk of drug smuggling to only go through airports with adequate control facilities. At this stage only Schiphol Airport has ample facilities for such flights.
The municipality of Eindhoven is concerned that airline Arke's plan to fly from the city to Aruba and Curacao will result in large amounts of drugs being trafficked through Eindhoven Airport. Arke wants to make two weekly flights from Eindhoven to the two islands from November.
Holiday flyer Arke is starting to fly with one of its Dreamliners the route between Eindhoven and Antilles in November. It is the first time a regional airport is an intercontinental connection line in the Netherlands.
The maiden flight of the new Dreamliner aircraft scared a good few people in various places in The Netherlands on Tuesday. The Boeing 787 from Arke was spotted over Vlijmen, Den Bosch and Eindhoven.
The first landing of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Netherlands took place Thursday afternoon without incident. The plane is the latest addition to the Arke airplane fleet, and will make its first commercial flight to Antalya, Turkey on Sunday, June 8.