Curaçao International Airport

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Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
Hato-airport
IATA: CURICAO: TNCC
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCuraçao Airport Holding
OperatorCuraçao Airport Partners
ServesCuraçao
LocationWillemstad, Curaçao
Hub for
Elevation AMSL29 ft / 9 m
Coordinates12°11′20″N 068°57′35″W / 12.18889°N 68.95972°W / 12.18889; -68.95972Coordinates: 12°11′20″N 068°57′35″W / 12.18889°N 68.95972°W / 12.18889; -68.95972
Websitewww.curacao-airport.com
Map
CUR is located in Curaçao
CUR
CUR
Location in Curaçao
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/293,41011,188Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]
 
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Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
Hato-airport
IATA: CURICAO: TNCC
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCuraçao Airport Holding
OperatorCuraçao Airport Partners
ServesCuraçao
LocationWillemstad, Curaçao
Hub for
Elevation AMSL29 ft / 9 m
Coordinates12°11′20″N 068°57′35″W / 12.18889°N 68.95972°W / 12.18889; -68.95972Coordinates: 12°11′20″N 068°57′35″W / 12.18889°N 68.95972°W / 12.18889; -68.95972
Websitewww.curacao-airport.com
Map
CUR is located in Curaçao
CUR
CUR
Location in Curaçao
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/293,41011,188Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Hato International Airport or Curaçao International Airport (formerly Dr. Albert Plesman International Airport) (IATA: CURICAO: TNCC) is the airport of Willemstad, Curaçao. It has services to the Caribbean region, South America, North America and Europe. Hato Airport is a fairly large facility, with the second longest commercial runway in the Caribbean region (after Rafael Hernández Airport). The airport serves as a main base for Insel Air and until its bankruptcy in September 2013 Dutch Antilles Express.

A new terminal was officially opened in 2006 and it accommodates a maximum of 1.6 million passengers per year.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled airlines[edit]

American Airlines parked at gate 3
Avianca landing from Bogota, Colombia
Insel Air, the flag carrier airline of Curacao
B747-400 of KLM ready for takeoff
AirlinesDestinations
Air BerlinDüsseldorf
Air CanadaSeasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (begins 1 January 2015)[3]
Air Canada RougeToronto-Pearson
American AirlinesMiami
ArkeFlyAmsterdam
AviancaBogotá
Avior AirlinesCaracas, Valencia (Venezuela)
Seasonal: Barquisimeto
Copa AirlinesPanama City
Divi Divi AirBonaire
EZAirBonaire
Insel AirAruba, Barranquilla, Barquisimeto, Bonaire, Caracas, Charlotte, Kingston, La Romana, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Medellín, Miami, Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sint Maarten, Valencia, Valencia,
Insel Air ArubaAruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten
KLMAmsterdam, Sint Maarten
LIATPort of Spain
Sunwing AirlinesSeasonal Charter: Toronto-Pearson
Surinam AirwaysParamaribo, Port of Spain
WestJetSeasonal: Toronto-Pearson

Cargo airlines[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Amerijet InternationalMiami
DHL Aero ExpresoPanama City
Fedex ExpressMemphis, Miami
Lineas Aereas SuramericanasBogota
Martinair CargoAmsterdam
AerosucreBogota

Charter airlines[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Blue PanoramaMilan-Malpensa
RUTACA AirlinesCaracas
TAMEQuito

The New Curaçao terminal at dusk. Checking area Airplanes in the new terminal tower of curacao intl airport

World War II[edit]

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force conducting antisubmarine patrols. Flying units using the airfield were:

Detachment operated from: Dakota Field, Aruba, 9 March 1943 – 9 March 1944
Detachment operated from: Losey Army Airfield, Puerto Rico, 9 March-4 June 1944

Coastguard Air Station HATO[edit]

Located at the west side of Hato Airport there is a small hangar for the 2 Dash-8 patrol aircraft of the Coast Guard Netherlands Antilles & Aruba. This was until 2007 a naval airbase of the Royal Netherlands Navy who operated the base for 55 years. With a wide variety of aircraft in the past years Fireflies, Avengers, Trackers, Neptunes, Fokker F-27's, PC-3 Orions, Fokker F-60's and several helicopters. After the political decision to sell all Orions the airbase wasn't needed anymore.

The west end of the airport is a USAF Forward Operating Base (FOB). The base hosts AWACS and transport aircraft. Until 1999 the USAF operated a small fleet of F-16 fighters from the FOB.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ Airport information for TNCC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Curaçao International Airport (official website)
  3. ^ http://www.traveldailynews.com/briefings/article/52095/reaching-the-caribbean

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