Published On: Sat, Dec 15th, 2012

Curacao Airport doing good business

WILLEMSTAD – Hato Airport is doing good business. Figures till October 2012 shows  a year of growth and presumably this also applies for the last two months. In October, more 150,000 passengers was processed both incoming (62,168), departing (59,243) and as transit (29120). There were 8.4 percent more than October last year. And an increase of 12.2 percent compared to October 2010. Especially transit passengers have seen a considerable growth; there were 10,000 more in October this year. The number of arriving travelers also increased by only one percent in October. To October there were already 1,429,328 passengers (more than 1.4 million) who made use of Hato. This time last year there were 1,350,833. An increase of 5.8 percent between the first ten months of this year and the same period last year. Also here is the relative increase among transit (Up 18.5 percent) with a total of 201,481 until the end of October. The amount of incoming travelers (580,090) grew to October by 3.9 percent and the Hato departing passengers (569,262) increased by 3.33 percent.

It is noteworthy that the travelers with a international destination (401,960) increased by 5.4 percent, but with a 'domestic' destination (Bonaire and St. Maarten) decreased slightly by 1.55 percent to 167,302. If the numbers are held from October to normal monthly results, it seems that 2012 almost certainly will surpass the 1.7 million passengers mark. But presumably there will be even more because the festive month of December is always guarantees more travel, more than average.

Most of the incoming traffic (including transit) is derived from Amsterdam (up to and including 207,865 till October), closely followed by sister islands Aruba and Bonaire joint (195,495, of which 106,314 for Aruba). From Miami there was 134,756 travelers in the first ten for months. Valencia in Venezuela scores surprisingly 58.460 (in particular the transit). The Venezuelan capital Caracas follows with 47,965 and 40,303 in St. Maarten. Other large cities where many passengers came from, are Bogotá, Santo Domingo, Port of Spain, Paramaribo, Barquisimeto, Düsseldorf, Maracaibo, and greater distance tracking Medellín, Kingston, Toronto, Panama, Las Piedras, Charlotte, Brasilia and  Newark.

Source: Antilliaans Dagblad

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