CAP regrets InselAir’s decision to discontinue Charlotte service
WILLEMSTAD - The retention and growth of existing air service is of primary importance to CAP and to the overall development of tourism in Curacao. CAP regrets learning of InselAir’s decision to discontinue Charlotte service as of January 19, 2016 for reasons related to the financial under-performance of the route over which almost 70% of InselAir’s Charlotte passengers transfer to destinations beyond Curacao. It is appropriate to note that the American Airlines (AA) service from Charlotte to Curacao is more complementary than competitive to InselAir’s service as effectively all of the American Airlines Charlotte passengers will be specifically bound for Curacao as their final destination.
CAP believes that the introduction of AA service from Charlotte in December will aggressively stimulate traffic between Curacao and this critical US/European hub and should offset any gap in the market resulting from the withdrawal of InselAir’s service. The addition of American Airlines from Charlotte is also consistent with the Curacao’s recently adopted Tourism Master Plan to concentrate on the US market as one of the important sources of future tourism growth for Curacao, a strategy that is supported by CAP.
Unfortunately, Category 2 status of Curacao precludes the expansion of additional routes into the US market by InselAir which is not beneficial for the expansion plans of the local carrier, or for Curacao. CAP encourages and supports the efforts of the Curacao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) to focus on expeditiously return Curacao to Category 1 status, which would allow the local carrier to explore new US destinations.