Curaçao International Airport/Hato Internationale luchthaven
Margareth Abraham Plaza z / n, Willemstad Curaçao,
Office Telephone: +5999 8391000
Airport Information Office: +5999 8391980
Fax: +599 (0) 9 8680017
IATA code: CUR
ICAO code: TNCC
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Discover Curacao International Airport
This is the only airport on the island of Curacao that is located in the Caribbean. The capital of the island is Willemstad. The airport is approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) from the city center. However, most passengers visit family/friends or come to the island for a holiday in the sun. There are many beautiful beaches and resorts to enjoy.
Most flights are operated by Divi Divi Air. These are mostly routes in the region. There are flights to the Netherlands with the carriers TUI fly and KLM. In addition, there are regular flights to the US. All Hato arrivals and Curacao airport departures are handled in 1 terminal and use 1 runway of 11,000 feet/3,400 meters. This makes it one of the longest runways in the Caribbean. It therefore also ensures that many large aircraft can land from Europe and the US.
History of Curacao Airport
The airport is near the village of Hato from which it got its name. Yet most passengers use Curacao Airport. The airport has been around for more than a hundred years. It soon gained attention because of an oil refinery. Tourism also started early and soon people from the US, South America and Europe came for vacation. During WW2 it was an important airfield that was used by the US Air Force for Hato departures. The Air Force conducted flights in search of submarines. The following years brought several improvements and expansions to the airfield.
There have been several changes in recent decades. In 2014, the check-in area was improved and expanded to handle more Curacao flight departures. Several food and beverage stores were added in 2016. The boulevard has also been tackled and offers a better and safe flow for passengers. In the years since, the waiting areas have improved in comfort and experience. As a result, the airport is aiming for a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year.
Ground transportation Curacao Airport
There is no quick pick-up zone in front of the Curacao arrivals terminal. If you want to pick up some friends or family you have to park your car in the parking area.
All Curacao departures start on the east side of the airport. There is a drop-off zone just in front of the terminal where you can stop for a few minutes by car to drop someone off. As a passenger you can walk directly into the terminal to get to the check-in area.
There are several options for food and drink Before Security. Some of these include Wendy’s, Auntie Anne’s and Juan Valdez Café. After Security there are also some places to eat and drink but also to buy things such as Liquor, Cosmetics, Jewelry, Tobacco and more. Some shops or restaurants are closed due to the pandemic.
After your Curacao airport arrivals you could rent a car to explore the island. There are multiple car renting companies like Thrifty, Budget, Alamo, National, Avis and Hertz. You will find the counters in the Curacao flight arrivals hall after you picked up your luggage and went through customs.
Flight routes at Curacao Airport
Flights to Europe:
- KLM and TUI to Amsterdam Schiphol
- Air Belgium to Brussels (via Punta Cana Airport – Dominican Republic)
Flights to the USA:
- American Airlines to Miami and Charlotte Douglas
- Jetblue to JFK New York
- Air Canada to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Westjet to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport
Flights to South America:
- Avianca and Wingo to Bogota El Dorado International Airport
- Copa to Panama Tocumen International airport
- EZ Air to Barranquilla Ernesto Cortissoz Airport
- Suriname Airways to Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel airport – Surinam
Flights to the Caribbean
- Caribbean airlines to Piarco Airport – Trinidad
- EZ Air, WinAir, Divi Divi Air to Aruba Queen Beatrix International Airport and Bonaire Flamingo Airport
- Winair and Jetair to Sint Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport
- Jetair to Port-au-Prince-Toussaint Louverture Airport and Norman Manley International Airport – Jamaica
- Jetair, Sky High and Air Century to Santo Domingo Las Américas Airport – Dominican Republic
What to do or see
- Hato Caves: The original inhabitants of Curaçao, the Arowak Indians, lived in these caves and their rock paintings can still be seen there. There are also impressive stalactites and stalagmites, underground rivers and waterfalls.
- Christoffel Park: A lot of flora and fauna can be found in this largest national park of Curaçao. There are about eight hiking trails with the choice of easy or challenging hiking. You can also experience a safari or book excursions. By visiting Plantation Savonet you can learn more about the history and culture of the island. In total there are eight walking routes and four car routes through the park. Those who are in good shape can walk to the 371 meter high top of the Christoffelberg.
- The pontoon bridge: If you have ever seen pictures of Curacao, chances are that the pontoon bridge (which is actually called the Queen Emma Bridge) was on it. It is one of the best known and most popular sights of Curacao. The floating pontoon bridge connects two districts – Punda and Otrobanda – of historic Willemstad, the capital of Curacao.
- Sea aquarium: The sea aquarium is one of the most popular attractions of Curaçao. You can get to know the marine life in the Caribbean intensely: by diving yourself or by viewing the underwater world from a semi-submersible.
- Diving: Curaçao is well known for its excellent diving locations. Of course you can jump into the water anywhere in Curaçao, but there are still some super spots that you should not miss. Playa Kalki in the west is also called ‘Alice in Wonderland’, old tugboat Tugboat on the southeast side of Caracas Bay, sunken ship Superior Producer at Double Reef and Porto Marie/The Valley where small nurse sharks occur.
- Klein Curacao: A day trip to Klein Curacao is an absolute must for every beach and sea lover. The beach of Klein Curacao is so white that it almost hurts your eyes. The water is so clear that you can see the sea turtles from afar while snorkeling. There are no roads, shops or restaurants on Klein Curacao and no one lives there. In the middle of the island there is only a lighthouse that you can enter. This offers a nice view over the island, the sea and the wrecked wreckage that lies ahead.
- Handelskade: The Handelskade is located on the water in Willemstad. Here you can stroll or drink a refreshing drink on one of the terraces. The colorful facades that adorn the Handelskade are characteristic of the island. It is not for nothing that this part of Curacao is on a lot of postcards.
- Beaches: Anyone who goes on holiday to Curaçao almost always does so because of the tropical weather and the wonderful beaches. The beaches of Curaçao are among the best on the Leeward Islands. In total, Curaçao has more than thirty official beaches, almost all of which are located on the sheltered southern coast of the island. You have to pay an entrance fee for a reasonable part of the beaches. Unfortunately, that is part of Curaçao. Fortunately, there are still a number of beautiful sandy beaches that are open to the public. Grote Knip is a very good example of this. This white sandy beach with bright blue sea looks like it came straight out of a travel brochure. Another great public beach is Playa Lagun. This bay is not only ideal for swimmers and sunbathers. It is also one of the better places to snorkel in Curacao. Other popular beaches:
- Jan Thiel beach
- Playa Porto Marie
- Blue Bay
- Mambo Beach
- Playa Grandi and Playa Fortic
- Big Cut
- St. Joris Bay
- Playa Laguna
- Renaissance Wind Creek Curacao Resort
- Avila Beach Hotel
- Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites
- Van Der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort
- Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
- Renaissance Wind Creek Curacao Resort
- LionsDive Beach Resort
- Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino