Hato International AirportEdit profile
Hato International Airport or Curaçao International Airport (originally named 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 and Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport). The airport was the hub of Air ALM and its successor Dutch Caribbean Airlines, the flag carriers of the former Netherlands Antilles until the latter ceased operations in 2004. The airport is now the home base of Dutch Antilles Express and Insel Air. A new terminal was officially opened in 2006 and it accommodates a maximum of 1.6 million passengers per year.
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World War II
During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Sixth Air Force conducting antisubmarine patrols. Flying units using the airfield were:
- 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)
- 25th Bombardment Group ( VI Bomber Command), 1 August-5 October 1943
Coastguard Air Station HATO
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, PC-3 Orions, Fokker F-60’s and several helicopters. After the political decision to sell all Orions the airbase wasn’t needed anymore. And west of the air station the US Air force operate a Forward Operating Base (FOB) mostly operate AWAC’s and transport aircraft. Until 1999 the US Air force operated a small amount of F-16’s from the FOB.
Airlines Destinations American Airlines Miami Arkefly Amsterdam Aserca Airlines Caracas, Santo Domingo Avianca Bogotá Avior Airlines Caracas, Valencia Seasonal: Maracaibo Blue Panorama Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa Continental Airlines Newark Divi Divi Air Bonaire Dutch Antilles Express Aruba, Bogotá, Bonaire, Caracas, Cartagena de Indias, Panama City, St Maarten, Santo Domingo, Valencia E-Liner Airways Aruba, Bonaire EZAir Bonaire Gol Airlines Aruba, Brasilia Insel Air Aruba, Bonaire, Kingston, Las Piedras, Medellin-Cordova , Miami, Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince, St Maarten, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Valencia KLM Amsterdam LIAT Port of Spain Martinair Amsterdam Surinam Airways Paramaribo, Port of Spain Thomas Cook Canada operated by Jazz Air Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson Tiara Air Aruba Winair operated by Insel Air St.Maarten, Saba, St.Eustatuis Airlines Destinations Blue Panorama Milan-Malpensa Canjet Halifax, Toronto-Pearson Divi Divi Air Valencia Enerjet Toronto-Pearson Icaro Air Guayaquil RUTACA Airlines Caracas TAME Quito