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Hato Airport

Coordinates: 12°11′05″N 068°57′30″W / 12.18472°N 68.95833°W / 12.18472; -68.95833

Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
Airport type public
Operator Curaçao Airport Partners
Location Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Elevation AMSL 29 ft / 9 m
Website www.curacao-airport.com
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,410 11,187 Asphalt

Hato International Airport or Curaçao International Airport (originally named Dr. Albert Plesman International Airport) (IATA: CUR, ICAO: TNCC) is the airport of Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. It has services to the Caribbean region, South American, North America and Europe. Hato Airport is a fairly large facility, with the second longest commercial runway in the Caribbean region (after Rafael Hernández Airport). The airport was the hub of Air ALM and its successor Dutch Caribbean Airlines, the flag carriers of the 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.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Miami
Arkefly Amsterdam
Aserca Airlines Caracas, Santo Domingo
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca operated by SAM Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo Valencia
Blue Panorama Milan-Malpensa
Continental Airlines Newark
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [seasonal]
Divi Divi Air Bonaire
Dutch Antilles Express Aruba, Bogotá, Bonaire, Caracas, Cartagena de Indias, Panama City [begins 2 October], St Maarten, Santo Domingo, Valencia
E-Liner Airways Aruba, Bonaire
Enerjet Toronto-Pearson [seasonal]
EZAir Bonaire
Gol Airlines Aruba, Brasilia
Icaro Air Guayaquil
Insel Air Aruba, Bonaire, Kingston, Las Piedras, Miami, Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince, Punto Fijo, St Maarten, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Valencia
KLM Amsterdam
LASER Airlines Caracas
LIAT Port of Spain
Línea Turística Aereotuy Valencia
Martinair Amsterdam
Surinam Airways Paramaribo, Port of Spain
TAME Quito
Tiara Air Aruba

The New Curaçao terminal at dusk.
The New Curaçao terminal at dusk.

Charter & seasonal airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aerogal Baltra Island, Quito, San Cristobal Island
Aladia Cancun, Monterrey
Blue Panorama Milan-Malpensa
Conviasa Caracas
Divi Divi Air Valencia
TACA Panama City, San Jose de Costa Rica, San Salvador
LAI - Línea Aérea IAACA Barinas
Miami Air International Miami
North American Airlines Boston

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)
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
  • 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.

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General Info
Country Netherlands Antilles
Time UTC-4
Latitude 12.188853
12° 11' 19.87" N
Longitude -68.959803
068° 57' 35.29" W
Elevation 29 feet
9 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 010° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Willemstad
Island Group Curacao I
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

Opr 1100-2300Z, OT ctc APP CON.
Opr 1200-2400Z.
APP 119.6

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
11/29 11188 x 197 feet
3410 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN HTO HATO 068X - At Field -
VOR-DME PJG CURACAO 114X 116.7 3.0 NM 113.7

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Rwy 11-29: Due to coral-based rwy sfc and possible rubber on rwy sfc, braking action may be significantly degraded, use caution when RCR rpt as wet.
FUEL A1 (Tramp Oil and Marine Ltd, Curoil NV, 00-5999-432-2000) (NC-100LL)
MISC Counter Drug acft only flw-me veh avbl. US tran aircrew rqr wx svc (DD 175-1 wx brief) notify 25 OWS at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ NLT 2 hrs prior to req brief/dep time; 24H svc avbl, DSN 228-1977/2027/2138, fax 1284, C520-228-1977/2027/2138, fax 1284. 24H lcl civ/mil wx brief and fcst, NLT 3 hrs prior, C5999-839-3360, fax C5999-869-2699.
RSTD OFFL BUS ONLY. (AF) US mil ctc 429 EOS Joint Operation Center (JOC) (DSN 483-2600 x85261or 85622, C5999-888-3957; FAX DSN 483-2600 x 85623, C5999-868-4742) NLT 15 business days prior to arr. Country and Theater clnc IAW FCG. PPR granted by429 EOS after Country/theater clnc and funding source are confirmed (MIPR required for large deployments, coord w/12 AF RA, DSN 228-1376). PPR granted for Forward Operating Location (FOL)-related counter drug msn only, other acft supportedon space A basis. Ctc 429 EOS Ops, (Call IGUANA OPS) when 30 min out. Due to ltdpers, nml FOL opr hr 0600-2100L Mon-Fri unless otherwise coord. Other US non-counter drug tran acft must coord w/civ arpt auth for prk and svc (CURINTA OPS) C5999-560-5866. All US acft must file an outbound Flt Plan with FIO NLT 60 min prior to ETO, C5999-868-2288 ext 156, fax C5999-869-5030. Acft assoc w Dutch Miltair, (DUTCH mil) must obtain PPR 48 hr prior C5999-483-7900, fax C5999-463-7950. All inbd acft for Dutch ramp, ctc OPS (call HO) when 30 min out.
TFC PAT Rwy 29-rgt tfc. Rwy 11-Jet-rgt turn proh blw FL 30. Tran acft plan on str-in full stops or comply w/twr instr.

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