Published On: Fri, Jun 20th, 2014

InselAir’s CEO, Albert Kluyver during inauguration flight to Barranquilla

Kluyver“This year we are celebrating 100 years of aviation industry. And what 100 years this has been. 100 years ago the industry started with the transport of 1 passenger and 100 years later the airline industry has developed global connectivity. The aviation industry is moving 3.3 billion people a year or 9 million passengers a day. This are great numbers, but it still an industry where it’s easy to lose a lot of money and difficult to make a few. The average profit on a costumer in the aviation industry is still a lousy USD 6 dollar. I will get back to this issue later.

But let’s go back from the global overview to our own region. The route Barranquilla – Curacao is in our region of great historic value. The first airline in the America’s was SCADTA (Societal Colombo Alemana de Transporte Aéreo now Avianca) founded December 5 1919, the name still known through SCADTA Island at the "nieuwe havenweg". The first international flight in our region was the SCADTA flight Barranquilla – Curacao – La Guairá (Venezuela) almost 90 years ago, 8 April 1925. InselAir in a few hours will restore this first international route in the America’s by taking off to Barranquilla and restore this historic regional connection.”

The challenges for the aviation industry in Curacao.

“The aviation industry plays a central role in the development of the economy of Curacao, it’s the pillar of logistics as well as tourism the 2 promising economic sectors in Curacao with growth potential. InselAir is responsible for more than 50% of all traffic on the Island Curacao and as such is an important pillar of the Curacao economy. What are the challenges of the aviation sector in Curacao? First of all, the same as the whole aviation industry being the low average profit per passenger of USD 6. All airlines are closely following the cost of doing business in Curacao. The cost for an airline to land, navigate, and process passengers through the airport is the most important factor for getting more traffic to the Island. Curacao cannot afford to have noncompetitive pricing in a competitive industry with low margins.  And unfortunately Curacao is not competitive in airport fees, landing fees en transfer fees. In Curacao the mentioned airport fees are twice as expensive compared to than other airports close by. With this noncompetitive offer to the aviation industry, Curacao will never be able to grow its traffic. We propose to tackle this obstacle for development of traffic in Curacao with the greatest urgency and start by focusing on what we need to have instead of what is nice to have. We don’t need air-conditioning in the departure hall, it will increase costs, tear it down it will only decrease traffic to Curacao.

Enough about the non competiveness of the fees at Curacao airport, we are here to celebrate. We count on restoring Curacao as a country back to category 1 this year and thereby creating to possibility for InselAir to grow traffic to the largest destination in the region, the USA, again after 3 years of being blocked to do grow on this important market.”

I will end this speech on a positive note by giving a guarantee to both the airport and government as an incentive to get things done. InselAir hereby guarantee’s Curacao that it will increase traffic to Curacao with 10% or 100.000 passengers a year 6 months after Curacao goes back to where we were a few years ago with competitive prices on the airport and category 1. We have the capabilities to do this, InselAir has invested ANG 30 million is 6 aircraft that will arrive coming months.

So let us start moving!

Thank you – Albert Kluyver, CEO

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