Hato International Airport or Curaçao International Airport (formerly Dr. Albert Plesman International Airport) ( IATA: CUR, ICAO: 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 third longest commercial runway in the Caribbean region after Rafael Hernández Airport in Puerto Rico and Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe. The airport serves as a main base for Insel Air.
History [ edit ]
World War II [ edit ]
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.
Airlines and destinations [ edit ]
Passenger [ edit ]
Santo Domingo-La Isabela
Montréal–Trudeau [3 ]
Air Canada Rouge
Charlotte (begins 19 December 2015), [4 ] Miami
Amsterdam, Eindhoven (begins 1 November 2015)
Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia
Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal charter: Milan-Malpensa
Divi Divi Air
Aruba, Barranquilla, Barquisimeto, Bonaire, Caracas, Charlotte, Georgetown, Havana, [5 ] Kingston–Norman Manley, La Romana, Las Piedras, Manaus, [6 ] Maracaibo, Medellín-JMC, Miami, Paramaribo, Port of Spain, Port au Prince, Puerto Ordaz, [7 ] Punta Cana (begins 15 November 2015), [8 ] Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sint Maarten, Valencia
Insel Air Aruba
Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten
Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
Santo Domingo-Las Américas
Seasonal charter: Toronto-Pearson
Paramaribo, Port of Spain
Seasonal charter: Quito
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.
^ Airport information for TNCC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
^ Curaçao International Airport (official website)
^ "Insel Air Aruba Adds New Routes from July 2015". Airlineroute.net. 7 May 2015 . Retrieved . 7 May 2015
External links [ edit ]