Published On: Mon, Dec 31st, 2012

Former Minister Adriaens: Advancements made towards category 1

WILLEMSTAD – There are advancements made in the process for the Curacao to recuperate its category 1 in aviation, but one of the major problems is lack of money.  The Curacao Government will continue with its efforts to ensure that the civil aviation can go from category 2 to category 1. This was declared by now former Minister of Traffic, Communication and Urban Planning Mrs. Dominique Adriaens.

Some time ago FAA, after some inspections in Curacao, has downgraded the Curacao aviation to category 2, which limits the local airline’s possibilities to fly to certain areas. But according to the former Minister, the interim Government has requested assistance from the Netherlands for the upgrade.

According to the former Minister, the Ministry has been working on this current issue for a year and a half now and the situation as of this moment is that the Ministry has received a schedule to know exactly what is needed to comply with FAA’s requirements.

Mrs. Adriaens stated that there are also factors which are tied to law which should be initiated or adapted. Another aspect is the professionals in the field. There are pilots who have to be trained and right now they are paying for these trainings out of their own pocket. Money is needed for these trainings.

As of now, Curacao can count on technical support from the Netherlands who came here in November and together with the Ministry of Traffic and Transport is working on the upgrade to category 1. The Ministry is advancing but more funds are needed. There is the idea of using the “landing fee” to get more money. This solution not only helps the current situation but also in the future to pay for the training of the professionals and make other necessary adjustments.

“So there are major advancements and in October 2013 we will be very far,” according to the former Minister.

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