||Curaçao's international airport
is yet another piece of the island's infrastructure that has undergone
a massive infusion of capital. These allocations of capital have been
focused on developing the airport into an internationally recognized
air-hub center for the Caribbean.
The airport also serves as a base for the flight operations of the
Dutch armed forces and the U.S. Forward Operating Location (F.O.L),
which are stationed on the island. The Netherlands Antilles possesses
three international airports with Curaçao International Airport
having the largest capacity and passenger throughput.
The Airport has experienced a steady growth of passengers in the last
decade. The yearly average now stands at 1.2 million passengers, a
sizable 20% beyond the maximum capacity of the old terminal.
Airport Privatization and Modernization
In August, 2003, Curaçao
Airport Partners (CAP), a consortium led by Alterra Partners,
took over the operations of Curaçao International. The consortium
also includes Trabajos Industriales y Mecanicos, C.A. and Janssen
de Jong Caribbean.
Alterra plans to work in partnership with the government and stakeholders
to develop the airport as a catalyst for wider economic development
and increased employment on the island. Alterra said its vision is
to develop the airport beyond the current tourism dependant operation
and establish Curaçao as a leading Caribbean passenger hub.
In particular, Alterra is looking for partners to help develop some
of the land surrounding the terminal.
Curaçao's new airport, which became operational in August 2006,
contains a new passenger terminal. The project is aimed at increasing
the airport's operating efficiency, removing facility constraints,
enhancing passenger service, comfort level and security, generating
additional revenue, and providing for future growth and development.
The previous terminal building has been abandoned, and will be fully
replaced by the new airport with a gross area of 25,000 square meters.
The new passenger terminal is located at the east side of the previous
building. The new facilities are designed to handle up to 1.6 million
passenger movements per year at a comfort level complying with the
C-level specified by IATA. The airport terminal has four loading bridges,
which are able to accommodate concurrently two wide-body or four narrow-body
aircraft. Additional aircraft, including smaller airplanes, can be
boarded via the gates to the apron.
The project includes a new passenger terminal with concourse, loading
bridges including an expanded retail concession area, a newly expanded
baggage handling system with enhanced security features, a new flight
information system and general airport information and telecommunication
Curaçao boasts the second biggest seaport in the Kingdom of
the Netherlands, after Rotterdam, and certainly one of the two or
three most modern and efficient ports in the wider Caribbean, featuring
the best mooring facility for latest generation mega cruise ships.
With over a decade of experience in managing one of the most efficient
and modern ports in the Caribbean and Latin American region, the Curaçao
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