Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2013

Thanks to CAP, Curacao has the second most expensive airport in the Caribbean

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao Airport Partners has accomplished so little during the time it has been operating the Curacao Airport but what is has certainly accomplished is in turning Curacao’s airport into the second most expensive in the area, surpassed only by the Santo Domingo airport. It is even more expensive than the airports in Aruba, Sint Maarten, Miami and San Juan (Puerto Rico).

Definitely the surprising increase on December 1, 2012 has put Curacao at risk of becoming less attractive to other new airlines operating to the island and for others which are already operating to reduce their flights or simply abandon the market.

In a country where tourism plays an important role in the national economy, it is mandatory to be competitive with other destinations in the area.

On January 15, 2013 there are, on the island of Curacao, two executives from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the principal airline association where 280 airlines are grouped. The purpose of the visit it to meet with CAP and Government officials and express to them their concerns for the announced increases.

IATA, has been promoting the policy of transparency for years now. Transparency on the collected funds by CAP from the airlines and the passengers. The abuse or deviation from the real purpose of the collected funds and CAP’s investment plans must be developed according to the economic plan of the country and with the realities of the sector for which it has to count with the participation of the airlines that operate at the Curacao airport.

The airlines that operate at the Curacao airport are hopeful that the surprising increases which affects them and the thousands of passengers and users in general of the airport administrated by CAP are reconsidered. They also hope that the required transparency exists. They also hope that CAP maintains the required transparency because these increases will negatively affect other national economic sectors like hotels, restaurants, transportation and other sectors which are part of the tourism industry.

Curacao needs tourism. To bring these tourists, Curacao needs airlines and they will only come and stay if there is transparency in the dealings with the collected funds. They also want to know if the only airport in Curacao is competitive, which by the graphic in this report it can be determined that it is not.

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