Curaçao International Airport

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Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Curaçao Airport Holding
Operator Curaçao Airport Partners
Serves Curaçao
Location Willemstad, Curaçao
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 29 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 12°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
CUR is located in Curaçao
Location in Curaçao
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,410 11,188 Asphalt
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 Curaçao
B747-400 of KLM ready for takeoff
Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (begins January 1, 2015)[3]
Air Canada Rouge Toronto-Pearson (resumes November 7, 2014)
American Airlines Miami
ArkeFly Amsterdam
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Valencia (Venezuela)
Seasonal: Barquisimeto
Copa Airlines Panama City
Divi Divi Air Bonaire
EZAir Bonaire
Insel Air Aruba, 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 Aruba Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK (begins December 2, 2014)[4]
KLM Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
LIAT Port of Spain
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal Charter: Toronto-Pearson
Surinam Airways Paramaribo, Port of Spain
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Miami
DHL Aero Expreso Panama City
Fedex Express Memphis, Miami
Lineas Aereas Suramericanas Bogota
Martinair Cargo Amsterdam
Aerosucre Bogota
Emirates Amsterdam

Charter airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Blue Panorama Milan-Malpensa
RUTACA Airlines Caracas
TAME Quito

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, P-3C 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.


 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. ^
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