Hato International Airport

Hato International Airport
Hato International Airport
Curaçao International Airport
Hato Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Curaçao Airport Holding
Operator Curaçao Airport Partners
Serves Curacao
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
Website http://www.curacao-airport.com
TNCC is located in ABC islands (Lesser Antilles)
Location in Curaçao
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,410 11,188 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Hato International Airport or Curaçao International Airport (originally named 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 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.[2]


Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson [begins 24 December]
American Airlines Miami
Arkefly Amsterdam
Aserca Airlines operated by PAWA Dominicana Caracas, Santo Domingo
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Valencia
Seasonal: Barquisimeto
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 Transportes Aéreos operated by Varig Brasília
Insel Air Aruba, Barquisimeto, Bogotá [begins 1 December], Bonaire, Caracas, Charlotte, Curacao, Kingston, Las Piedras, Medellín, Miami, Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince, St Maarten, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Valencia.
KLM Amsterdam
LIAT Port of Spain
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
The New Curaçao terminal at dusk.

Charter & seasonal airlines and destinations

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

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

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.


 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 International Airport (official website)
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5

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