The Chamber of Commerce of St. Eustatius and Saba wants to actively assist in setting up a direct airline service between Colombia and St. Eustatius, with onward service to Saba. It is also intent on getting a shipping company interested in transporting goods from the South American country and the Windward Islands.
Commerce Chamber board member Hemmie van Xanten and President Carlyle Tearr visited Colombia in late 2018 as part of the trade mission of the Dutch Government.
The trade mission included Prime Minister Mark Rutte, several ministers from the Netherlands, Aruba and Curaçao and a large number of Dutch businesses.
Van Xanten and Tearr established contact with SARPA, an air charter and air ambulance operator from Colombia. The is used to transport patients between Bonaire and Colombia. The benefits of having SARPA fly to Statia are multiple, according to the Saba/Statia Commerce Chamber. A direct flight between Colombia and Statia would limit travel time to three hours.
The Chamber of Commerce is also exploring possibilities to have a shipping company from Curaçao sail from Colombia to Saba and Statia with fresh produce, dry goods, construction materials and household goods.