Masterclass ‘Airport Area Development’

Join HASCO’s Airport Area Development Conference for a deep dive into the future of aerotropolis.

This event features two leading experts in airport and urban development, offering a dynamic exploration of economic impacts, trends, and best practices in airport area development evolution. Discover how airport cities contribute to regional economies through job creation and infrastructure investments and learn about sustainable design and technology integration.

Industry leaders will guide you through successful urban planning that integrates airports into communities, with interactive discussions to shape future development strategies. An exclusive field visit will showcase HASCO’s innovative projects, providing insights into their holistic development approach. Network with peers over a delicious lunch and contribute to the discourse on airport area development future.

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United Airlines announces new seasonal service between New York/Newark and Curacao.

Just in time to escape the winter weather, United is adding Curacao to its Caribbean route network and enabling customers access to all of the ABC islands, including Aruba and Bonaire. Curacao, United’s 21st island destination in the Caribbean, will operate on Saturdays beginning Dec. 7, 2019, with Boeing 737-700 aircraft, subject to government approval.  (

In a major boost for one of the Dutch Caribbean’s hotspots, United Airlines has announced plans to launch new nonstop service to the island of CuraçaoCuraçao will become United’s 21st destination in the Caribbean, with flights from Newark Liberty International Airport set to launch on Dec. 7. In a statement, United said it would be operating the flights weekly on Saturdays using Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

The new service to Curacao boosts United’s existing service to the Dutch Caribbean, which had consisted of weekly Saturday flights from Houston to Bonaire and daily nonstop flights from Newark to Aruba. Curacao has seen strong growth so far in 2019, thanks largely to growth in new airlift at the island’s excellent (and newly transformed) Hato International Airport. (caribjournal)



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New Office Building

CAH Reveals Start of Construction New Office Building

On Thursday February 21st, 2019, the Curacao Airport Holding (CAH) revealed the start of construction for its new office building. A pinnacle within the Airport Area Development plans, this building is designed to be a multi-functional office building that will be the businesses center for the aviation world.

The building has a modern design, with a flexible workspace, allowing entrepreneurs and other businesses to use our facility for meetings. Equipped with a canteen, the first floor is open to members of our aviation community, with a business lounge and different meeting rooms. The second floor is destined for aviation businesses, with offices spaces ready for rent. With its close distance to the airport, the facility can serve as a beacon for aviation businesses. Equipped with high tech resources, it’s the place were CAH’s innovative projects will be brainstormed, planned and executed.

Tenants for the building are currently being sourced. CAH is tasked with the job to supervise the functioning of the airport operations, , development of the areas surrounding the airport and development of airlift. The construction of the office building is one of the many development plans within CAH’s Master Plan. The Minister of Economic Development, Mr. S. Martina, shared the following regarding this development: “The airport is a major contributor to our economic pillars. Its optimal functioning allows us to further our international business relations and allows us to position ourselves within the global market. Opening the path for business growth and opportunity, the airport areas are development opportunities where international businesses can establish themselves.”

CAH will start construction for this new office building in the second quarter of this year. The construction of the building will take 18 months. During the reveal the director of CAH, Mr. W. Ignacio had the following to say about the building: “A cornerstone for the airport area development, this building is our milestone to showcase the potential of this area. It is the starting point that needs to trigger development initiatives and attract business projects. Its purpose is to stimulate business activity near our airport, and its design will attract local and international businesses.”.

The office building has been in the planning for a few years and is a joint effort that both the CAH management team and the CAH board members look forward to realizing.

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Removing the boulders

In March of 2017, the Curaçao Airport Holding (hereafter CAH) engaged a contractor to execute a boulder removal project.

This project aims to clean up and mine boulders located on CAH development territories. Currently there are mining activities taking place on the areas near the west terminal, Forward Operating Locations (FOL) and the Curinde/Free Zone areas.. The removed boulders were crushed and will be sold as construction material. The company is set to continue mining, until the designated areas are leveled. The contractor was contracted to execute the boulder removal project over the course of the next 5 years on CAH property. The cleared areas allow for future developments related to CAH’s Master Plan, which seeks to bring about developments that benefit our island.

One such development that will benefit from this project is the Curaçao-Multi Commodity Centre (hereafter CMCC). CMCC is a company to be established by an investor which seeks to realize a commodities zone where the trade of gold and diamonds could take place. CAH has agreed to lease the desired territory to CMCC as it is of particular importance that its precious cargo can be transported from airside to its building in a secure manner.

In CAH’s agreement with CMCC , it has outlined conditions precedent which need to be realized before the territories are leased to CMCC. These conditions precedent consist of for example petitions for an e-zone, construction permit and a financial commitment to realize the project. CMCC received a term of 2 years to complete the conditions precedent. The timeline for the conditions precedent ends February of 2019, at which point the respective parties will need to evaluate the extent that the condition precedent have been met in order to determine how to proceed.

Upon being in compliance with the afore mentioned conditions precedent and awaiting the completion of the boulder project, it is expected that CMCC company can start building by approximately 2022. CMCC focuses on working with companies who trade commodities within primarily the western hemisphere.

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The airport is growing. More and more people from all over the world are visiting Curacao. Some tourist for the obvious reason: the fine Caribbean climate, the deep blue sea and the beautiful secluded bays. But there is fast growing public for our festivals and events.

The Curaçao Airport Holding is a proud sponsor of events and festivals on our Island. Events we have contributed to range from The Curaçao North Sea Jazz, Flying Dutch, to Ilan Chester, World Strongest Man and many more.
CAH is making it happen.

We at Curacao Airport Holding, believe in contributing to these events in Curaçao for 2 reasons:

The first is the positive impact they have on our economy. They attract lots of tourists, offer entertainment to our locals, and allow our island to profile itself internationally. The events are growing fast and have become a large part of our rich culture.

The second is the fact that these events allow us to realize on of our goals: creating more traffic at our airport. Every tourist counts, and we seek to make sure that their first impression of our island begins with a modern and up to date airport. Allowing them to begin their vacation on the right foot, and seeing what Curaçao has to offer.

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Air Services Development

In close cooperation with CAP and CTB, Curaçao Airport Holding is co-investing in connectivity and air routes between the Americas and Europe to become the hub of choice in the Caribbean.

Curaçao Airport Holding has a potential role in the stimulation of additional air traffic to the Curaçao airport. Different categories of air traffic consist: passenger transit traffic, origin/destination traffic (O/D) consisting of locals, visiting business people and tourists, technical stops, cargo destined to the island, and transshipment of cargo.

It must be realized that particularly in the case of O/D traffic, neither passengers nor cargo chose to travel through an airport because of the airport itself. The majority of traffic in Curaçao currently is origin and destination traffic, which is primarily related to the health of the tourism industry (in the form of more tourists) and the general state of the economy (business inbound travel, local outbound travel, cargo) upon which the airport itself has no direct influence. Yet this flow produces the majority of the revenue for the airport.

The airport does have the potential to influence more discretionary traffic, such as technical stops, transshipment and passenger transit.  First of all, the airport has a responsibility to provide a set of primary services and facilities for all users. CAP provides some of these services while others such as immigration/customs, cargo handlers, airline agents, and Curoil contribute in their own field. Curaçao Airport Holding has a supervisory role and does not provide these services directly. Close monitoring by Curaçao Airport Holding of standards and excellence in the total package of services stimulate the achievement of a competitive position and attract new business: reasonable fuel prices, fast turnaround, good cargo and passenger facilities, efficient immigration and customs processing.

Curaçao Airport Holding aims to:

  • Provide together with CAP and other airport stakeholders, an excellent set of services and facilities to attract discretionary (non O/D) air traffic;
  • Be vigilant for potential new development partners but only invest in conjunction with a feasible plan with an identified partner;
  •  Prudently co-invest with other stakeholders in selected strategic route development incentives that contribute to the vision of becoming a hub;
  • Support FBO development with majority of investment to be borne by operator.

Together with Curaçao Airport Partners, we will also further expand the General Aviation niche. This development should be carried out in conjunction with CAP in the form of extending leases to new high-quality Fixed Base Operators for services such as ground handling, cargo, hospitality, fueling, hangars, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental and maintenance, flight instruction, etc.


In 2011, Curacao Airport Holding provided marketing support together with the CTB for new flights from Dusseldorf to Curacao
In 2014, Curacao Airport Holding supported new flights from New York together with CTB

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Airport Development

Since 2003, Curaçao Airport Holding is outsourcing Operations through a 30 year concession and ensures operational excellence by supervising this contract.

Curaçao Airport Partners operates the airport for Curaçao Airport Holding, governed by a Development, Operation and Maintenance Agreement. This DOMA contains standards and provisions agreed with the Government of Curaçao to operate the facilities and services at the airport at the highest possible standard. As owner of the airport buildings, facilities and infrastructure, Curaçao Airport Holding supervises the compliance. We ensure that facilities remain up to date and that new systems are in place whenever and wherever possible. We perform regular inspections, hold consultations with Curaçao Airport Partners and ensure that the DOMA is frequently reviewed and updated.

Curaçao Airport Holding actively initiates in improvements at the airport. We coordinate these projects with Curaçao Airport Partners, who as the Airport Operator is responsible for the implementation and operation of new infrastructure and equipment. As the landlord, Curaçao Airport Holding makes an annual improvement plan, specifying the improvements it wants to see, including new services, infrastructure updates, operational improvements and necessary maintenance. We then discuss these issues with Curaçao Airport Partners to reach an agreement on the implementation.

Curaçao Airport Partners alone can resolve day-to-day issues adequately, yet certain initiatives also affect concessionaires and other airport stakeholders. Changes may require them to improve or better coordinate their services to ensure a seamless total passenger experience. Long-term changes are therefore always discussed with all airport stakeholders. Curaçao Airport Holding plays a central role in initiating and chairing these meetings.

Terminal Expansion Project

As the owner of the airport and supervisor of the concession agreement, Curaçao Airport Holding collaborates with its operator by co-investing heavily in their terminal expansion plan. By accounting for 30% of the total investments, we ensure a state of the art facility exceeding the contractual obligations and meeting all users’ expectations.


Curaçao Airport Holding believes it is important to improve the airport’s functioning. Therefore, they are contributing to the development of the Airport. Below a number of contributions from Curaçao Airport Holding to the Airport.

In 2010, Curaçao Airport Holding paid for the demolition of the former DCA building. This was under the condition that CAP would provide a fully automated car parking equipment at the Airport.

In 2010, Curaçao Airport Holding has also bought two passenger buses that are operated under our usufruct terms. In addition, CAH has paid five years for the operation of the buses.

Curaçao Airport Holding has granted an interest free loan to CAP in 2010. This has made it possible to finance one passenger loading bridge.

In 2011, Curaçao Airport Holding has paid for the hospitality courses of the airport personnel who come in contact with the public. CAP paid these trainings for its own people.

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Investing Partners

BlueRise International, the renown Dutch innovator of Sea Water Air Conditiong systems and Ocean Thermal Conversion is investing in EcoPark Curaçao opportunities.

Eco Park
Eco Park Curaçao is a sustainable industrial park for high-tech production and research facilities. The Eco Park aims to stimulate economic growth through new industries and to educate the public about the opportunities that renewable technologies bring to the island. The park takes advantage of Curaçao’s unique characteristics, installing a deep-sea water pipe to provide Sea Water Air Conditioning and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.

The SWAC/OTEC facility will be the beating heart of the Airport City. It enables the cost-effective introduction of new industries such as fish farming and agriculture that otherwise would not be possible in Curaçao. On the long run the Eco Park will also make it possible to feed local consumers and reduce expensive imports.

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Dedication to sustainable growth

Close monitoring by Curaçao Airport Holding of standards and excellence in the total package of services stimulate the achievement of a competitive position and attract new business: reasonable fuel prices, fast turnaround, good cargo and passenger facilities, efficient immigration and customs processing.

Curaçao Airport Holding aims to:

  • Provide together with CAP and other airport stakeholders, an excellent set of services and facilities to attract discretionary (non O/D) air traffic.
  • Be vigilant for potential new development partners but only invest in conjunction with a feasible plan with an identified partner.
  • Prudently co-invest with other stakeholders in selected strategic route development incentives that contribute to the vision of becoming a hub.
  • Support FBO development with majority of investment to be borne by operator.
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• The aim is to start the construction in the 4th quarter of 2018. The building permit request has already been submitted.
It will be located at the beginning of the new development area on the other side of the HATO caves.
• The location is already accessible and the infrastructure is in place. The new building will have a big parking area.
• The design of the building, with views on the landing strip of the airport and the Caribbean sea, is developed by IMD architects.
It will be the initial development in a series of several other future buildings.

• The projects’ design has 4 levels consisting of a total of 900 sqm with a total office space of approximately 600 sqm (minimum). The first (300 sqm) and second floor (300 sqm) are available. The floors can be divided into smaller units. 30-45 parking spots available per floor.
• Lease price of ANG 45-55 per sqm per month. The finishes depending on client needs. After signage of a LoI, a Program of Requirements (PoR) will be developed by CAH for the potential client. The architects will than further develop the plans, according to the Po Rand lease agreement that will be signed between parties.

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