Curaçao International Airport

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Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
Hato Airport.jpg
IATA: CURICAO: TNCC
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCuraçao Airport Holding
OperatorCuraçao Airport Partners
ServesCuracao
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
TNCC is located in Curaçao
TNCC
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.jpg
IATA: CURICAO: TNCC
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCuraçao Airport Holding
OperatorCuraçao Airport Partners
ServesCuracao
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
TNCC is located in Curaçao
TNCC
Location in Curaçao
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/293,41011,188Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Hato International Airport or Curaçao International Airport (originally named 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 was the hub of Air ALM and its successor Dutch Caribbean Airlines, the flag carriers of the former Netherlands Antilles until the latter ceased operations in 2004. The airport is now the home base of Insel Air and 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 source | edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air BerlinDüsseldorf
Air CanadaSeasonal: Toronto-Pearson
American AirlinesMiami
ArkeFlyAmsterdam
AviancaBogotá
Avior AirlinesCaracas, Valencia
Seasonal: Barquisimeto
Blue PanoramaSeasonal: Milan-Malpensa
Copa AirlinesPanama City
Divi Divi AirBonaire
Dutch Antilles ExpressAruba, Bogotá, Bonaire, Miami, Orlando, Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo, Sint Maarten
E-Liner AirwaysAruba, Bonaire
EZAirBonaire
Gol Transportes AéreosBrasília
Insel AirAruba, Barquisimeto, Bonaire, Caracas, Charlotte, Kingston, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Medellín, Miami, Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince, Sint Maarten, Santo Domingo, Valencia
KLMAmsterdam, Sint Maarten
LIATPort of Spain
Sunwing AirlinesSeasonal: Toronto-Pearson (begins 15 December 2013)[3]
Surinam AirwaysParamaribo, Port of Spain
Tiara AirAruba, Bonaire
Thomas Cook Airlines CanadaToronto-Pearson
United AirlinesNewark
WestJetSeasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Winair
operated by Insel Air
Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten
The New Curaçao terminal at dusk.

Charter & seasonal airlines and destinations[edit source | edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Blue PanoramaMilan-Malpensa
CanjetHalifax, Toronto-Pearson
Divi Divi AirValencia
EnerjetToronto-Pearson
Icaro AirGuayaquil
Perla AirlinesPorlamar
RUTACA AirlinesCaracas
TAMEQuito

World War II[edit source | 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 source | 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 source | 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://finance.yahoo.com/news/sunwing-announces-non-stop-flight-210036312.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UhansJRAwUAjLrQtDMD

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