Curaçao International Airport

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Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
TNCC new terminal.jpg
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
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 1,700,000
Freight (tonnes) 12,023
Movements 40,483
Source: DAFIF,[1] Zurich Airport[2]

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 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.


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.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Air Canada Rouge Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montreal–Trudeau
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami
Aruba Airlines Aruba (suspended),[4] Santo Domingo-Las Americas (suspended)
Aserca Airlines Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Maracaibo, Valencia
Copa Airlines Panama City
Insel Air Aruba, Barranquilla, Barquisimeto, Bonaire, Caracas, Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan, Kingston–Norman Manley, Las Piedras, Manaus, Medellín–JMC, Miami, Paramaribo, Port of Spain, Port au Prince, San Juan, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sint Maarten, Valencia
JetBlue Airways New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam1
PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo–Las Américas2
RUTACA Airlines Caracas, Valencia
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Surinam Airways Paramaribo, Port of Spain
TUI Airlines Netherlands Amsterdam3
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
  • ^1 KLM's flights operate from Sint Maarten to Curaçao on selected days. However, the airline does not have cabotage rights to transport passengers solely between Sint Maarten and Curaçao.
  • ^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 Airlines 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.


Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Aguadilla, Aruba, Caracas, San Juan
Amerijet International Miami
Aerosucre Bogota
Emirates Amsterdam1
Lineas Aereas Suramericanas Bogota
Vensecar Internacional Caracas
  • ^1 Emirates's flight operates from Quito to Curaçao as a fuel stop, to continue to Amsterdam and Dubai.

Coast Guard Air Station Hato[edit]

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.

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 factsheet. Zurich Airport.
  3. ^ Curaçao International Airport (official website)
  4. ^

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