Curaçao International Airport

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Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
TNCC new terminal.jpg
IATA: CURICAO: TNCC
Summary
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
Website curacao-airport.com
Map
CUR is located in Curaçao
CUR
CUR
Location in Curaçao
Runways
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 in Puerto Rico. The airport serves as a main base for Insel Air.

History[edit]

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

Later development[edit]

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]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau[3]
Air Canada Rouge Toronto-Pearson
American Airlines Miami
Arkefly Amsterdam, Eindhoven (begins 1 November 2015)
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Ecuador Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Valencia
Seasonal: Barquisimeto
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Milan-Malpensa
Copa Airlines Panama City
Estelar Latinoamérica Caracas
Insel Air Aruba, Barranquilla, Barquisimeto, Bonaire, Caracas, Charlotte, Georgetown, Kingston–Norman Manley, La Romana, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Medellín, Miami, Paramaribo, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sint Maarten, Valencia
Insel Air Aruba Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK
KLM Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
RUTACA Airlines Caracas
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal charter: Toronto-Pearson
Surinam Airways Paramaribo, Port of Spain
TAME Seasonal charter: Quito
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson

Cargo[edit]

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

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.

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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