Published On: Tue, Dec 15th, 2015

Hato Airport introduces E-gate in 2016

airportWILLEMSTAD – Interim Director of the Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH), Wilhelmus Ignacio, announced recently that in the third week of February next year, they will install E-gates at the airport to accelerate the migration process. Passengers often have to deal with long lines before being able to pass immigration services.

Reasons for this problem are for example the shortage of personnel and infrastructure issues.

Ignacio indicated that the CAH is working hard to realize the 'within 30 minutes' outside' principle. Due to a shortage of manpower, especially during peak hours, this is not feasible yet.

CAH has long been engaged in planning ways to improve the immigration process. Former director Maurice Adriaens indicated this last year. The principle to handle arriving passengers within a half hour, was then introduced. The project involved the following parties: CAH, the operator of the airport Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), the baggage handlers, immigration and customs. The process is controlled by KPMG.

Ignacio continues saying that major improvements are on the way, because the immigration process will be largely automated. Six machines will be located in the arrival hall and two in the departure hall. This automatic gate will scan the chip of the passport. The age is saved and the barcode is checked. It will then open the door. In the box a photo will be taken, which should correspond to the photo in the passport. Then another door will open and the passenger can go through. There will be assistance for the passengers if this is necessary.

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