Airport

Curaçao is easily accessible by air with many daily non-stop flights from Miami, FL, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are also good connections with major South American cities like Caracas, Venezuela, and Bogotá, Colombia. In addition, there are daily flights between Curaçao and the other islands of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, and between Curaçao and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Arkefly and KLM connect Curacao and Amsterdam on a daily basis and for other European destinations: Germany, Dusseldorf (Air Berlin) and Milan (Blue Panorama) weekly. Curacao is also directly connected to North America: Charlotte, Miami, Toronto (American Airlines, Insel Air and Air Canada). Furthermore major airlines include American Airlines, DCA Dutch Caribbean Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Avianca, Bonaire Excel, Dutch Caribbean Excel, Aeropostal, Air Jamaica, and SLM Surinam Airways.

The Island has an international airport, which can handle all types of aircraft, with its runway of 3,410 meters (11,155 feet) and direct connections to the U.S.A., Europe, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Curaçao enjoys 100% visibility almost 365 days a year and lies practically outside the main hurricane belt.

The airport of Curaçao has an integrated handling service for all types of cargo. The cargo facility is computerized and highly efficient. With modern cargo buildings on the premises, there is more than enough capacity to handle all business. Transit time for cargo is two hours, while for airline passengers en route the transit time can be less than 20 minutes. For perishable products, cool and deep-frozen storage is available and sensitive products can be handled safely. Air containers can be stripped and the contents distributed throughout the region.

On August 1, 2003, Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), an international consortium led by Alterra Partners, took over the operations of Curaçao International Airport. Alterra is working in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders to develop the airport as a catalyst for economic development and increased employment on the island. Alterra’s vision is to grow the airport beyond the current tourism-dependant operation and establish Curaçao as a leading Caribbean passenger and cargo hub.