Curaçao International Airport
|Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport.. Curacao Airport Partners (C.A.P)
|Owner||Curaçao Airport Holding|
|Operator||Curaçao Airport Partners|
|Elevation AMSL||29 ft / 9 m|
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 and Divi Divi Air. It used to serve as a main base for ALM, KLM, DCA and DAE.
Curaçao International Airport, also known as Hato Airport or Aeropuerto Hato, is the international airport of Curaçao. The runway is 3400 meters long and 60 meters wide, suitable for all types of aircraft. The airport is located on the north coast of Curaçao, 12 kilometers from Willemstad. The airport serves as a hub for regional and international transport.
The airport was initially called Hato Airport, namesake to the nearby town of Hato. On Tuesday, January 5, 1954, the airport was renamed Dr. Albert Plesman airport. Plesman, director of the Royal Dutch Airlines for the Netherlands and Colonies, had died a few days earlier. Often it was spoken of Aeropuerto Plesman or Plesman Airport, unofficially also the name Hato remained in use till this day. Nowadays the official name is: Curaçao International Airport.
'It will be unnecessary to set out in detail, of which it is of paramount importance, that the Dutch aviation industry gets a firm footing in the vicinity of the Caribbean sea, where air traffic is now becoming more and more a factor of economic significance.' - Albert Plesman
With above argument in March 1934 Albert Plesman, director of KLM, hoped to receive financial support from the Comité Vliegtocht Nederland-Indië. It was a new plan to head to the West. In the 1920s it started to interest itself in the Barabbean region. Curaçao was developing itself in a beneficial way due to the presence of the oil refinery and a growing number of people were starting to choose the region with the purpose of vacationing. Aviation companies were paying close attention to these developments ad were researching if it was possible to create a connection between the United States, Curaçao and South America. The Westindische Gouvernement constructed a runway at the Hato plantation in Curaçao,
On December 22, 1934 the Snip plane arrived in Curaçao after an 8th day during trip with the route Amsterdam-Marseille-Alicante-Casablanca-Porto Praia-Paramaribo-La Guaria-Curaçao.
Hato was one of the most important and busiest airports in the Caribbean during the Second World War. The airfield was used by the US Air Force for patrols against submarines.
During the 1960s the 'Bestuurscollege' commissioned Netherlands Airport Consultants B.V. (NACO) to design a Master plan for the airport. This assignment was in connection with the expected arrival of the Boeing 747. The 'Jumbo' first flew on February 9, 1969.
Curaçao International Airport N.V. (Curinta) was founded in 1977 and operated the Airport until 2013. Its predecessor was the 'Luchthavenbedrijf', which was a department of the Government of Curaçao.
World War II
- 59th Bombardment Squadron (VI Bomber Command) 10 March 1942 – 13 July 1943 (A-20 Havoc)
- 32d Fighter Squadron (36th Fighter Group, Antilles Air Command, XXVI Fighter Command) 9 March 1943 – 13 March 1944, (P-40 Warhawk)
- 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
Airlines and destinations
- ^1 Insel Air's flights to Paramaribo are operated by Fly All Ways.
- ^2 PAWA Dominicana's flights operate to and from Aruba. However, the airline does not have cabotage rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba and Curaçao.
- ^3 TUI fly Belgium's flights operate from Brussels to Curaçao via Santo Domingo. However, the airline does not have cabotage rights to transport passengers solely between Curaçao and Santo Domingo.
- ^4 TUI fly Netherlands's flights operate between Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao on selected days. However, the airline does not have cabotage rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.
|Ameriflight||Aguadilla, Aruba, Caracas (suspended due to border closure), San Juan|
|Liñeas Aereas Suramericanas||Bogota|
|Vensecar Internacional||Caracas (suspended due to border closure)|
Coast Guard Air Station Hato
Located at the west side of Hato Airport there are hangars for the two Bombardier Dash 8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. 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.
- Airport information for TNCC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Curaçao factsheet. Zurich Airport.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) . Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.