History

History

Curaçao International Airport 

Curaçao International Airport, located on the beautiful Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, connects Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. The modern and comfortable Curaçao International Airport is served by several valued airline partners. Any part of the world is accessible thanks to Star, OneWorld and SkyTeam alliances. The Curaçao International Airport has one of the longest runways in the Caribbean, accommodating up to B747 aircraft. In the early fall of 2014, Curaçao International Airport will open a brand new General Aviation Center offering premier service to those exclusive travelers in a luxurious separate building with a private entrance and exit and special amenities. Our Retail, Duty Free and Food & Beverage selection offers a wide variety of items and will be complimented with a commercial plaza in front of the terminal building. Curaçao has daily non-stop air services from Miami, Amsterdam and Bogota, complimented by convenient services to Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo, Port of Spain, Caracas and Paramaribo among others. Curaçao International Airport is conveniently located within a twenty minute ride to downtown historic Punda - a UNESCO World Heritage site characterized by fun entertainment, restaurants and great shopping. Curaçao International Airport is proud to be of service.

CAP

Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) is a consortium of the private international investors Aport (Zurich Airport), Janssen De Jong (Netherlands), CCR (Brazil). CAP has a 30 year concession agreement with the Government of Curaçao and as the private airport operator has taken the financial, operational, and development risk of Curaçao International Airport since 2003 up to and until 2033.

CAP has taken the financial, operational, and development risk of the airport from the government and put it into private hands. This has resulted in optimal managerial and financial efficiency, while achieving and exceeding international standards in airport operations and management. Before the airport was privatized, the airport (Government) was losing millions of guilders annually. Today, the airport is generating millions of US$ that goes directly to the Government via Curaçao Airport Holding. CAP sees a very promising future for Curaçao and will do its part to make certain that the full potential of the airport is achieved. 

Cap's vision is to further develop and operate Curaçao International Airport to become one of the best airports in the Caribbean region. Curacao will be a gateway and passenger/cargo hub for the Southern Caribbean region with modern facilities and a capacity of 1.6 million passengers per year, expandable to 2.5 million passengers per year, providing quality service in accordance with IATA Level of Service standards ìCî and local and international defined standards.

History

Curaçao International Airport is the airport of the country Curaçao, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The code names in the aviation world are IATA: CUR and for ICAO: TNCC. Through Curaçao International Airport cargo and commercial airlines service the Caribbean region, South America, North America and Europe. Curaçao International Airport has the second longest commercial runway in the Caribbean region (after Rafael Hern·ndez Airport). It has carried the names HATO and Dr. Albert Plesman Luchthaven.

1934: First Flight KLM

'Het zal onnodig zijn U in bijzonderheden uiteen te zetten, van welk een overwegend belang het is, dat de Nederlandsche luchtvaart vasten voet krijgt in de omgeving van de Caraïbische zee, alwaar het luchtverkeer thans meer en meer een factor van economische betekenis wordt.' - 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 1920's 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 22nd 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. (source: KLM documentation - De vlucht van de Snip)

During the 1960's 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 9th 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.

Ownership of Airport Infrastructure

Curaçao Airport Holding N.V (CAH) was incorporated on 28 December 2001 and is the sole shareholder of Curinta N.V., which was the former airport operator and in turn owns the immovable property, the working stock and further assets at the airport. Curinta is part of a strategic partnership which focuses on the development of the Curaçao Airport. CAH holds all the shares of Hato International Airport N.V (HIA, formally Curinta) and of Hato Assets Company N.V (Hasco formerly known as HADCO). The majority of the shares of CAH are owned by the Island Territory Curaçao, acting through its representative Stichting Privatisering (StiP). The Nederlandse Participatie Maatschappij Nederlandse Antillen (NPMNA) has a minority share in CAH. (source: CAH)

CAH is the sole shareholder of Hato International Airport N.V and of Hato Assets Company N.V.. Through these subsidiaries Curacao Airport Holding N.V. is the owner of the airport complex, which includes the airport (area A), and its surrounding areas (area B&C, also known as the Airport City). (Source: CAH).
Curaçao Airport Partners has a 30 year concessionary agreement with HIA/CAH. The agreements regarding the 30 year concession are stipulated in the document 'Development and Management Agreement' (DOMA).