Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Blanchard: “Great things are happening at the Curaçao International Airport”

BlanchardWILLEMSTAD - During the reopening of the Check-In hall, the CEO of Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), Mr. Ralph Blanchard gave a presentation on what the future holds for the Curaçao Hato Airport. According to Mr. Blanchard the renovation of the Check-In Hall is just the beginning of good things to come. There are more projects on the line. One of these projects is the renovation of the old Hato Handling Building. CAP intends to invest about 800,000 dollars to completely renovate this section of the airport. This project will be completed by November of this year.

A New General Aviation Center/FBO is also under construction just as was promised before. CAP intends to invest about 1,000,000 dollars in this project. The new General Aviation Center will be ready for use by October 1 of this year. It should have been ready to open on August 22 before the North Sea Jazz Festival, but the building permit to over 2 months to be finalized.  CAP intends to invest 250.000 dollars to build a public mirador (viewpoint) to give those that like to watch airplanes come and go a better and safer experience. CAP is awaiting the building permit to start constructing a new arrival. The biggest project for the airport is the expansion of the terminal building. CAP intends to invest about 35,000,000 dollars for this project, which will start in 2015 and will probably be finished in 2017.

“These projects are economically stimulating for the local economy. They are being made by a private company, which employs people. This sends a strong signal of regional competition,” Blanchard said during his presentation.

These projects meet or exceed international airport standards. The team in charge of designing these projects has designed and constructed airports worldwide. They have experiences in the United States (Atlanta, Dallas Forth Worth, New York, Sacramento, Miami and more), China, Dubai Abu Dhabi, South Korea and now in Curaçao. “The sooner we complete, the sooner we compete. Great things are happening at the Curaçao International Airport,” Blanchard said enthusiastically.

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